Probiotic Foods: What They Are & Why They're Important

Mar 4, 2022


Food and Beverage

Our digestive system, brain, and immune system are all interlinked. Our gut is home to billions of bacteria, both good and bad. However, this balance has been upset due to antibiotics, stress, and our modern lifestyle. Probiotic foods are an excellent source of beneficial bacteria that help restore balance in the gut and promote good digestion and overall health.

What are Probiotic Foods?

Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that people consume to benefit their health. Some studies suggest these organisms may help your body fight certain illnesses, including certain types of diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Probiotics are often added to foods and beverages. But you can also get them from dietary supplements. Many types of bacteria are classified as probiotics. They all have different benefits, but most come from two groups - Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.

Health Benefits of Probiotic Foods

  • Treat diarrhea, especially following treatment with certain antibiotics
  • Relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
  • Treat ulcerative colitis, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Treat pouchitis, an inflammation of the intestinal tract after surgery to remove all or part of the colon.
  • Prevent or reduce the severity of colds and flu.
  • Relieve symptoms of lactose intolerance by breaking down lactose into lactic acid.

What Foods Have Probiotics In Them?

Different types of bacteria can be classed as probiotics. In general, however, probiotic foods contain Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium strains. The most common types of probiotics are

  • Lactobacillus acidophilus - found in yogurt and some dietary supplements
  • Bifidobacterium lactis - found in some dairy products
  • Saccharomyces boulardii - a yeast found in some dietary supplements
  • Streptococcus thermophiles - also found in some dietary supplements

The number of bacterial cells in a probiotic supplement is often measured in Colony Forming Units (CFU). The higher the CFU, the more bacteria are available to potentially colonize in your gut. Probiotic supplements should contain at least 1 billion CFU per serving, although some may contain as many as 50 billion CFU per serving. If a supplement contains less than 1 billion CFU per serving, you would need to take multiple servings each day to reach an effective dose.

Beneficial Probiotic Strains by Unique Biotech

Unique Biotech offers a variety of beneficial probiotic strains for use in making products such as probiotic foods, drinks, and supplements. We have a wide range of probiotic strains that are highly effective with proven results. Unique Biotech has been providing probiotic strains to pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, cosmeceutical, functional food & beverage companies in India and internationally.

Our team of experts has developed various Probiotic Strains which can be used in different types of formulations like capsules, tablets, sachets, powder and liquid. Our Probiotic Strains are acid and bile resistant and  are characterized for safety, efficacy and stability. Features of our Probiotic Strains - 

  • Bile and stomach acid resistant - These strains can resist bile and stomach acid, so they are viable till the end of the shelf life. They can produce short chain fatty acids (SCFA) like butyric acid which is useful for gut health and immunity.
  • Adhere  and colonize  in the intestine - These strains have the ability to adhere and colonize in the gut to maintain a beneficial microflora. They are safe and non-pathogenic.
  • Characterized  and well documented - These strains have been extensively tested and characterized according to international guidelines like API biotyper, 16S rRNA sequence, MLST analysis etc.

We put the needs of our clients ahead of our own needs, so we offer a customized approach and unparalleled support from concept to commercialization cycle. To learn more about how we can help you write to us at

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