The word ”probiotic” is derived from Greek and means ”for life”. It covers a range of living microorganisms, which are conferred health-promoting properties through their presence in the gastro-intestinal tract. As 70-80% of our immune defence originates from the gastro-intestinal tract probiotics are crucial. Clinical studies have shown that the beneficial effect is obtained if at least one billion probiotic microorganisms are consumed per day.

Probiotic microoorganisms and lactic acid bacteria are everywhere. In the body they are found fx in the oral cavity, the gastro-intestinal tract and the urinary tract. In nature they are found among other things on the surface of crops. For the last 8000 years humans have treated fx meat, milk and vegetables with these naturally occurring bacteria - a process known as fermentation. Modern-day examples of fermented foods include yoghurt, cheese, sauerkraut and olives.

Probiotics can among other things: promote digestion, ease constipation, assist in the resistance of the intestinal mucus against infections, prevent diarrhea, assist in the prevention of cholesterol-related cancers, help in lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.

You can read more about probiotics in our in depth material.