What are probiotics?

Commonly known as living bacteria that inhabit our digestive system, “probiotic” literally means
promotion of microorganism grown. While usually associated with health-promoting bacteria,
probiotics and probiotic supplements can include bacteria, bacterial spores, or fungi (yeast).

Common forms of probiotics include:
● Bifidobacterium spp.
● Lactobacillus spp.
● Bacillus coagulans (bacterial spore)
● Saccharomyces boulardii (fungus)

How are they named?

Probiotic names include a genus (first letter capitalized) and species (follows genus, usually italicized).

For example: Lactobacillus rhamnosus

Isolated or subtypes of a strain may also be specified and are usually indicated by extra letters or numbers after the name.

For example: Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG or Bifidobacterium longum BB536®.

Each genus, species, and subtype can have different actions in the body.


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