Probably everyone has seen TV ad, aggressively advertised the unique properties of some yogurt. Typically, one of the main arguments that should lead the viewer to buy this delicious fermented milk product, is the presence in its composition of bifidobacteria – a very useful microorganisms for the stomach and good digestion.
Advertising in General is really right – bifidobacteria very useful for our
health. By nature, they are non-pathogenic bacteria living mostly in our gastrointestinal tract. If someone is all right with health – bifidobacteria in the gut a lot and food is digested without problems. But if there is more pathogenic and useful bacteria – expect trouble in the form of dysbiosis and other troubles. Therefore, you need to consume as many dairy products containing bifidobacteria.
The function of bifidobacteria in the human body
In the intestine of the newborn baby of all bacteria 80-90% are bifidobacteria. About the same amount and in the offspring of mammals, feeding mother’s milk. With age and changing your diet pattern changes a little, and not in favor of non-pathogenic bacteria. However, a healthy person has enough of them. Bifidobacteria are responsible not only for the normal balance of bacteria in the intestine, inhibiting the growth of pathogenic microorganisms – they are also involved in the breakdown of carbohydrates, involved in the synthesis of proteins, amino acids, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, K; assist the dissolution of calcium and iron in the body.
Live bifidobacteria possess a very high activity and aggressiveness against pathogenic microbes – are powerless against them even staph. In addition, they are responsible for normal vaginal flora, suppressing the development of infections. The high concentration of bifidobacteria in the gut protects us from diarrhoea, and in the autumn-winter period, when the body’s immune system is weakest, with additional doses of bifidobacteria in yogurt or sourdough you can protect yourself from the risk of the onset of symptoms of colds. Useful properties of bifidobacteria observed in the reduction of cholesterol and, as a consequence, the reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Why the body lacks bifidobacteria?
One of the reasons why many of us complain of problems in the gut is an insufficient number of bifidobacteria in it. This can be caused by a poor diet, food poisoning, and a consequence of the use of antibiotics. These drugs fight bacterial infections, simultaneously killing both harmful and useful microorganisms.
In infants, a lack of bifidobacteria may be due to the fact that the mother is breast-milk-feeding a baby artificial food. Whatever it is, it was not useful, it could hardly have live bifidobacteria. But with breast milk they are transmitted to the baby in very large quantities.
How can you increase the number of bifidobacteria?
The first and easiest way to increase bifidobacteria in your body is to buy bacterial ferment in the pharmacy and most do fermented foods containing live microorganisms. Often advertising is misleading us by claiming that all yogurts are useful and have bifidobacteria. In yogurt these live microorganisms have a limited amount of time – a few days. And given the shelf life of dairy products in our supermarkets, you can hardly buy yogurt with beneficial live bifidobacteria. Of course, the yogurt is also very useful, but it’s not the same… So it is best to buy the leaven and to prepare such a product myself.
Another method is the use of bifidobacteria in the composition of various drugs and dietary supplements. Here you can advise supplements enzyme Complex plus. within which there are bifidobacteria. It is intended to improve the digestive function of the intestine and can be used as a prophylactic against many diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.