Why take a probiotic supplement? It all starts in the gut. The gut microbiome houses approximately 80% of our immune system . A healthy and robust gut microbiome is essential to our overall health and wellbeing. Bowmar Nutrition Probiotics is what is known as a synbiotic; a product that contain both prebiotics and probiotics, all in one supplement.
Each capsule of Bowmar Nutrition Probiotics contains a highly concentrated 20 billion CFU of 8 synergistic probiotic strains alongside natural prebiotic fibers.
What Are Probiotics, Prebiotics and Synbiotics
Probiotics are gut friendly living microbes, whereas prebiotics are non-digestible food particles that support the growth of the gut friendly probiotic microbes. Synbiotic supplements combine both a probiotic and a prebiotic. The idea behind synbiotics is that adding prebiotics to a probiotic supplement will help ensure that the microorganisms colonize in the gut in the most effective way possible. Synbiotic supplements are particularly useful for people with poor digestion, bowel disorders, and other inflammatory diseases.
Probiotics promote a healthy balance of gut bacteria and have been linked to a wide range of health benefits including weight loss, digestive health, immune function and more. Let’s delve into some of the research backed health benefits of probiotics.
Probiotics have been widely researched for their positive effects on digestive health. Evidence suggests that probiotic supplements can help cure antibiotic-associated diarrhea. When people take antibiotics, especially for long periods of time, they often experience diarrhea. This is because the antibiotics kill many of the benefical bacteria in your gut, which shifts the gut balance and allows harmful bacteria to thrive. The journal of the American Medical Association reported that taking probiotics reduced antibiotic-associated diarrhea by 42% .
Probiotics may also help combat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) by reducing gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and other symptoms. A systematic review for the journal of nutrients reported that multi strain probiotic supplements reduced symptoms and improved digestive in participants suffering from IBS .
Even ostensibly healthy people will benefit from probiotic supplements which can improve the health of your digestive system and reduce the frequency of occasional digestive discomforts such as bloating, gas, cramps, diarrhea, and constipation.
An increasing number of studies have been linking gut health to mood and mental health. A systematic review of 15 human studies reported that supplementing with multi strain probiotics for 1–2 months improved anxiety, depression, autism, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and memory . Another study reported that those who consumed a daily probiotic capsule experienced benefits of improved general health, depression, anxiety and stress .
Probiotics help with weight loss through a number of different mechanisms.
First, probiotics help prevent the absorption of dietary fat in the intestines. The fat is then excreted through feces rather than stored in the body. In addition, probiotics may also help you feel fuller for longer, burn more calories and store less fat. This is partly caused by increasing levels of certain hormones, such as GLP-1.
A study for the British journal of nutrition reported that women who took a probiotic supplement for 3 months lost 50% more weight than women who didn’t take a probiotic . Another study with 210 participants reported that probiotic supplements daily for 12 weeks resulted in an 8.5% reduction in belly fat .
Acute inflammation is a normal part of the immune response that can help protect the body against infection and disease. Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, is thought to play a central role in the development of chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
Human clinical trials demonstrate that probiotics decrease common biomarkers of inflammation, such as C-reactive protein. For example, a study for the journal of nutrition reported that taking probiotic supplements for 8 weeks reduced levels of C-reactive protein (a marker of inflammation) and hormones such as insulin, compared to people who did not take a probiotic .
The Bottom Line
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