What are probiotics? Are all probiotics the same? How to choose the right probiotic?

Categorised in: Posted on Tue 14th July

The International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP) brings together global leading scientific experts, and has shifted the paradigm for how probiotics and prebiotics are studied and understood. Their recent series of highly enjoyable explainer videos represents an example of scientific communication and education.

Scientists classify probiotics the same way they classify all living things, by genus and species. It is important to notice that if a specific strain of a probiotic supports a person’s immune system, it doesn’t necessarily mean that another strain of probiotic would have the same effect. Also, not all probiotics require the same dosage to be effective. The level in the product should match the level shown in studies to provide a health benefit.

It’s important for the individuals to evaluate the differences between probiotics and make an educated decision on which product will work best for each person.

The videos highlight a number of elements, and make scientific facts clear also to the non-scientific public.
Probiotics are widely available as supplements and are present in a number of foods, especially some yogurts and fermented milks. Each probiotic should be described by a genus and species name and then even more specifically by a strain designation.

Including probiotics in the daily diet can encourage the activities of the friendly bacteria in the gut. But it’s important to keep in mind that not all probiotic products are the same. It is always advices to ask healthcare providers for probiotic recommendations based on the individual’s specific health needs.

For more videos from ISAPP you can visit their website.