What are probiotics?
There are billions of bacteria living in the intestinal tract, often referred to as "microflora." Probiotics are live, “friendly” bacteria in the microflora that work to keep a healthy intestinal balance, reducing the amount of harmful bacteria while replenishing and maintaining beneficial strains. Maintaining this balance is critical for overall good health.

Why supplement with probiotics?
Beneficial bacteria may be reduced due to a variety of factors:

• Age
• Antibiotic or other medication use
• Infection or illness
• Lifestyle
• Dietary changes or poor diet
• Stress
• Traveling
• Digestive disorders

An unhealthy balance between the beneficial and harmful bacteria may affect gastrointestinal function

Who should take probiotics?
Daily probiotic supplementation is considered a necessary component of any healthy diet. It supports health in:

• Pre- and post-pregnancy
• Infants (1 year+), children and adolescents
• Adults
• Seniors

While probiotics may be added in foods such as yogurt and smoothies, direct probiotic supplementation provides the highest amount of beneficial live and active cultures. Probiotics should be a routine part of a daily lifestyle to help maintain optimal health conditions.   

Nigel Plummer, PhD.: Global authority on probiotics

A key probiotic contributor, Dr. Plummer has worked at Pfizer in antibiotic R&D and has extensive knowledge in the field. His continued commitment to research has resulted in collaborations with research institutes and universities within the U.K. and Europe, enabling Dr. Plummer to develop his expertise in probiotics, plants supporting microbial balance, and fish oils.

An Introduction to Probiotics

Antibiotics and Probiotics

Probiotics for I.B.S.

Probiotics for Children

How Probiotics are Made