Probiotics are ‘live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host’. In other words, these friendly bacteria work hard to improve your health. They have strength in numbers – you need to consume a large enough dose of probiotics in order to see their benefits.

Evidence shows probiotics positively affect digestive health, but their effects can go far beyond the gut. Scientists are studying the role of probiotics in treating many different conditions, from diabetes to infectious diarrhea, and their possible role in prevention of disease.

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