What are probiotics and how do they increase our well-being?

The term "probiotic" derives from Latin and is composed of "pro", meaning "for" and "bios", meaning "life". This implies that the purpose of probiotics is to promote health and maintain well-being.

What exactly are probiotics?

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines probiotics as "live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host". Roughly speaking, probiotics are bacteria and fungi which do not harm the human body but have a positive effect on its metabolic processes. So, in the strict sense, probiotics are microscopically small living organisms, with the term frequently being applied to food supplements that contain the small organisms and are supposed to introduce them into our intestine so that they can colonize it.

A good probiotic contains bacteria which survive the stomach acid, as the microscopic rescue team cannot work in the stomach. In order to have a positive effect, they need to arrive in the intestine in sufficient quantities and multiply there. The right probiotics can restore an intestinal flora that has become imbalanced.
 

What is the difference between probiotics and prebiotics?

Prebiotics are, so to speak, the food of the good bacteria i.e. nutrients that serve as food for the probiotic microbes. These are substances that are indigestible to humans and therefore survive their passage through the stomach and small intestine to support the natural function of the large intestine. The great thing about prebiotics is that they only promote the desired bacteria but not the pathogens and unwanted bacteria.
Probiotics, on the other hand, are primarily taken as food supplements and are available in the form of liquid cures or capsules. Since there are hundreds of different bacterial strains, there is almost an infinite number of possibilities for combining probiotics. One thing is paramount: the bacteria must arrive in the intestine alive.
Präbiotika

PREBIOTICS

Dietary fibers indigestible to humans
  • Stimulate the development of healthy bacteria
  • Prevent the formation of harmful metabolic products
  • Support the growth of microorganisms
  • Promote the activity of microorganisms
  • Ingredients of the foodstuffs inulin and oligofructose
  • Occur naturally in bulbous plants, asparagus, rye, oats, bananas and garlic
Probiotika

PROBIOTICS

Live microorganisms
  • Lower the pH value in the intestine through the production of lactic acids
  • Stimulate the immune system
  • Strengthen the body's autologous intestinal flora
  • Establish new, healthy cultures in the intestine
  • Occur in fermented products e.g. natural yogurt, buttermilk and kefir
  • Particularly effective, optimized dosage in the probiotic food supplements from BIOMES

Probiotic food supplements from BIOMES

Our probiotic food supplements are of a particularly high quality and contain billions of natural, reproductive microbes. They are newly prepared and mixed based on the latest scientific findings. There are compositions for the most diverse needs - because each bacterial strain has its very own effect on our intestinal flora. When prebiotics and probiotics are combined, they are referred to as synbiotics.

For example, there is a composition that reconstructs the intestinal flora after it has been upset by taking antibiotics (because antibiotics do not just destroy the undesirable bacteria but also the desired ones); this is available from BIOMES under the name RESTART.pro.

There are bacterial strains that promote the metabolic processing of our food so well that they are primarily found in slender people: they can therefore be used to support weight loss. These are available from the DIET.pro product from BIOMES. Another composition includes bacteria which are particularly important for a robust immune system. This is available as DEFENSE.pro.

Conventional probiotic food supplements

  • Simple standard formulations
  • Lower dosage often causes cultures to grow too fast or too slowly
  • A low number of different cultures have a limited effect
  • The coating can easily dissolve and does not protect the cultures from gastric acid
  • Smaller range
  • Unclear production conditions
  • Require uninterrupted cold chain
  • Often contain gelatin
  • No additional strengthening