Probiotics are live microorganisms. When taken in sufficient amounts, they can help restore the natural balance of gut bacteria. As a result, health benefits may follow.
Research shows taking probiotics may help improve symptoms of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, stress and memory, among others.
Probiotics may help protect the heart by reducing “bad” LDL cholesterol levels and modestly lowering blood pressure.
Probiotics may reduce the risk and severity of certain allergies, such as eczema in infants. However, more research is needed.
Probiotics may help boost your immune system and protect against infections.
Probiotics may help reduce the symptoms of bowel disorders like ulcerative colitis, IBS and necrotizing enterocolitis.
Certain probiotics may help you lose weight and belly fat. However, other strains have been linked to weight gain.