“Probiotics” is an umbrella term that describes a number of friendly bacteria that make up the gut microbiome. There are an estimated 500 different types of probiotics; the majority have been cataloged but otherwise have received next to zero scientific research. This post will identify some of the more well-documented probiotic strains and their diverse roles in digestion and gut regulation.
Probiotic strains are further classified into subcategories, and each of these sub-species has a different effect on the body. We’ll identify these types followed by the subtypes.
This is perhaps the most common probiotic strain and is readily available in fermented foods, such as yogurt, miso soup, and kimchi. Lactobacillus’ main function is to assist in digestion. Certain subtypes from this species assist in lactose digestion for those whose bodies normally struggle to absorb milk sugars. In this post, we list the most sub-strains for lactobacillus. We don’t have a biased favor of this probiotic; we give it the most attention because it’s the most commonplace and documented species.
Some of the common lactobacillus subtypes include:
Bifidobacterium is also found mainly in fermented foods and is a lactic acid bacterium. Its functions include breaking down foods, enhancing nutrient absorption, and preventing invasion of pathogenic bacteria. This strain is also found in large quantities in the vaginal wall, making it a useful aid for treating vaginal infections. Bifidobacterium types include:
This is the strain colloquially known as baker’s or brewer’s yeast. The strain treats acute diarrhea that mainly affects children. It’s also useful for adults prone to traveler’s diarrhea or diarrhea caused by antibiotic use. It may also have use for alleviating lactose intolerance. Saccharomyces include:
As you can see, a lot of the probiotic types and their sub-strains have overlapping qualities. There is also raging debate going on regarding the efficacy of multi-strain probiotics versus those that contain a single strain. Is more necessarily better? While we certainly believe in quality over quantity, there is actually evidence to suggest that multiple strains may have a synergistic effect and increased potency.
This is why we included multiple strains in Floracil50, which includes most of the probiotics listed here.
This post would go on indefinitely if we list all the known probiotic strains. We listed the ones with the most studies and verified benefits for human health. Since a lot of them share similar functions, you don’t need to get too caught up in what each and every strain does. A multi-strain product like Floracil50 will ensure you get the much-needed probiotics for fortifying gut health.
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