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Probiotic food can help build stronger immunity in adults

Updated on:14 September 2021, 18:46pm IST
Adulthood can bring on a lot of health problems if we’re not careful! Give your immunity a boost by consuming probiotics!
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Make probiotics an important part of your diet. Image courtesy: Yakult
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Don’t we all agree that immunity has emerged as one of the biggest buzzwords in the wellness space, especially in the post-Covid era? Well then it’s time we take our overall health in our hands! Did you know that consuming probiotic foods can go a long way in that pursuit?

If you didn’t, it’s time you get to know about it! Because to fight the menace caused by  coronavirus and many other diseases that do the rounds globally every now and then, every person irrespective of age, needs to focus on eating healthy food and engaging in an exercise routine that boosts immunity.

Adults, in particular, need to adjust their diet and follow a strict fitness regime to ensure their health is in check.

What are probiotics?

Simply put, probiotics are essentially live beneficial bacteria found in probiotic fermented foods, but these are typically good bacteria that can keep to take care of a lot of health issues related to the gut, digestion and immunity.

And like we said earlier, considering that the need for a natural defense force is most needed today than any other time to fight the fast-spreading virus and other diseases, it is best if we understand everything that our body needs to be a strong warrior!

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Probiotics help you fight diseases better! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
How can probiotics help?

Ordinary yoghurt and dahi are fermented foods but not probiotics since the good bacteria present in them are killed by the stomach gastric  juice and bile, and do not reach the intestine alive. That is why there are products like probiotic yoghurt and probiotic curd in the market. Also available is the ready and easy-to-drink probiotic fermented milk drink such as Yakult in the market.

As people age, their immunity, particularly Natural Killer (NK) cell activity decreases. NK cells are one of the most important cells of our natural immune system that keep us protected from viral infections and cancer.

According to a study conducted on 30 healthy men and women in the age group of 55 to 74, daily consumption of two bottles of LcS fermented milk drink (Yakult) for four weeks, could help to increase and maintain their NK cell activity. ( Dong et al, Eur Jour of Nutr, 2013)

Yakult’s exclusive Probiotic strain is known as LcS (Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota).

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Good immunity will keep you stronger! Image courtesy: Yakult

Taking probiotics can increase the beneficial bacteria in your gut, increase the overall microbial diversity and improve and boost your immune system.

Probiotics can also ease inflammation and reduce the risk of several diseases.

A study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information in the US, claims that probiotics showed therapeutic potential for diseases, including several immune response-related diseases, such as allergy, eczema, viral infection, and potentiating vaccination responses (NCBI, Fang Yana and D.B. Polk, 2011).

Benefits beyond immunity

Adding probiotics to your diet can also help adults be in high spirits and in a good mood. A review published in the journal BMJ Nutrition Prevention and Health indicates that probiotics either taken alone or when combined with prebiotics, may help to ease symptoms of depression. This is called as Gut-Brain axis and has become the hot topic among scientists.

So, ladies, now you know the real benefit of probiotics? Are you ready to add probiotics to your and your family’s diet?

Know more about Yakult products and their benefits on Yakult.co.in.

Disclaimer: Yakult is probiotic fermented milk (food item) and not for medicinal use. This content is based on information provided by Yakult. We take no guarantee of the claimed result or impact of consuming fermented milk.

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As a pioneer in probiotics, Yakult has formidable research capabilities and technological advances in the field of probiotics. It is backed by more than 80 years of research, and more than 100 human studies have been conducted in the world including India, on Yakult’s probiotic bacteria, Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota (LcS) . The studies have indicated that regular consumption of Yakult helps improve digestion and helps build immunity.