Understanding How Probiotics Help—The Benefits Are In the Details
The WHO/FAO defines probiotics as live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.1,2
The International Scientific Association of Probiotics and Prebiotics defines prebiotics as selectively fermented ingredients that result in specific changes in the composition and/or activity of the gastrointestinal microbiota, thus conferring benefit(s) upon host health.3
It all starts with the microbiome—the microorganisms, their genomes (ie, genes), and the surrounding environmental conditions.4 The microbiome has been extensively studied and plays a key role in supporting optimal health by influencing metabolism, nutrition, and gastrointestinal and immune function. Stressors like unhealthy diet, traveling, and antibiotic use can cause our microbiome to become out of balance or go into a state of dysbiosis.
HOWARU® probiotics can help normalize and influence a healthy and balanced microbiome, which can translate to many clinically documented health benefits:
IFF is investigating new areas, such as infant and early life nutrition, that are becoming more understood.
1. Know the strain
2. Understand colony-forming units
3. Ensure potency extends through expiration
Clinically studied strains + CFU @ clinical dose + potency guaranteed through expiration = a health benefit from probiotics you can trust and expect
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1. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and World Health Organization Working Group. Guidelines for the evaluation of probiotics in food. https://www.who.int/foodsafety/fs_management/en/probiotic_guidelines.pdf. Published May 1, 2002. Accessed March 26, 2020. 2. Hill C, Guarner F, Reid G, et al. The International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics consensus statement on the scope and appropriate use of the term probiotic. Nat Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2014;11:506-514. 3. Gibson GR, Scott KP, Rastall RA, et al. Dietary prebiotics: Current status and new definition. Food Sci Technol Bull Funct Foods. 2010;7:1-19. 4. Marchesi JR, Ravel J. The vocabulary of microbiome research: a proposal. Microbiome. 2015;3:31. doi:10.1186/s40168-015-0094-5.
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