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Probiotics - A History

At the start of the 1900s, Dr. Metchnikoff, Nobel Laureate Biologist was studying at The Pasteur Institute in Paris when he discovered the positive effects of healthy flora. He was studying the diet and lifestyles of Bulgarians who, at that time were living healthy, physically and mentally active lives up to 114 years old! The study found that their long lives were not in small part due to their consumption of sour milk and buttermilk, which are full of the healthy bacteria that we now refer to as Lactobacillus Acidophilus and Bulgaricus (after the Bulgarians who famed it) and are now classified as probiotics.

The actual term "Probiotics" was the name associated with these healthy flora by Lilly and Stilwell in their studies of 1965 and popularised by studies known as “Probiotics in Man and Animals” by Fuller in 1989. ‘Biotic’ means life- usually in terms viral or fungal bacteria. Medical research has developed many different types of ‘Antibiotics’ to destroy the life of these bacteria. The term pro-biotic in reverse of these promote the growth or multiplication of the healthy or friendly bacteria that we want more of in our digestive systems and intestinal tracts, hence the term Probiotics, working to complement the vitamins, minerals and nutrients the human body needs to be healthy.

Probiotics are becoming more and more popular as further studies and medical trials are finding positive effects of taking probiotics daily. Findings are showing an improvement of the health of the digestive system and the enhancement of the immune system as well as the effect of fungal conditions by strengthening the epidermis from the inside out. These conditions include Athlete’s Foot fungus, dandruff, candida and even some variants of eczema.