What You Should Know
Probiotics have been used for thousands of years, even before the health benefits of these microorganisms were well known. Fermented foods and soy products contain probiotics. Scientific research has proven probiotics effective for improving digestion and in the treatment of certain diseases and illnesses, though further research is needed to pinpoint how strong the effects are and which probiotic is most effective in which cases. Probiotics are generally considered safe for human consumption as they are naturally occurring in a healthy digestive tract.
Natural Ways Probiotic Pro Powder has only a small description with pricing information and a list of ingredients. This is likely because another supplement created by the company, Probiotics Complex 10, is a tablet form of the same ingredients. The powder form allows the user to sprinkle healthy probiotics on food instead of taking a tablet.
List of Ingredients
L. Acidophilus DDS-1, L. Bifidus, L. Rhamnosus, L. Plantarum, L. Salivarius, B. Longum, L. Bulgaris, B. Lactis, L. Casei and L. Brevis.
There are no weight loss benefits associated with probiotics, but they are helpful for dieters as they aid the digestive system in breaking down foods for vitamin and nutrient absorption. This is never more important than when a dieter is eating less food to lose weight. With less food, the digestive system must work perfectly to pull all available nutrients from a smaller amount of food. If probiotic levels are lower than normal, some food will pass out of the body before essential vitamins and nutrients are absorbed.
Why do probiotic bacteria die off? The most common reason probiotic levels decrease in the intestine is the antibiotic. Antibiotics kill bacteria. In most cases, the bacterium in question is an unhealthy bacterium causing illness. The antibiotics have no way of targeted just the unhealthy bacteria so healthy probiotics are killed off as well.
Some of the illnesses probiotics have been tested on include irritable bowel syndrome, eczema and diarrhea caused by the rotavirus. More research is needed, however, because in some studies, the placebo effect was just as strong as the effect of probiotics.
Natural Ways Probiotic Pro Powder sells for $37.46 per 90 servings. The product description does not suggest how many servings should be taken each day.
- All ingredients are listed.
- Available in powder form.
- Direct ordering from Natural Ways supported.
- There is limited research on probiotics.
- Not all consumers have the same probiotic make-up.
- Long-term use of probiotics has never been tested.
For a healthy, effective digestive system, some experts believe probiotics are the key. There is no doubt that probiotics naturally occurring in the digestive tract are important to immune system function and digestion.