The word “Probiotics” comes from 2 Greek words pro and bio, which means “for life”! There are 20 times more bacteria in our bodies than the total number of our cells, which is more than the total number of people who have ever lived on the planet. Many of these organisms are critical to our good health. They also affect the ability of the digestive system to function properly and to absorb nutrients better. The lactic acid bacteria and bifidobacteria used in the production of yogurt and other dairy foods are among the most efficient probiotics.
Lactobacillus bulgaricus. The first L. bulgaricus was discovered more than a century ago, the result of a study into the unusual longevity of mountain villagers in Bulgaria (thus called L. bulgaricus). In 1912, the New York Times wrote an overview article about the new discovery and the use of fermented yogurts with L. bulgaricus in Bulgaria titled “Metchnikoff Confirmed in His Theory of Long Life,” highlighting villager baba Vasilka, age 126, as the longest living person in the world. In fact, in these Bulgarian communities the number of centenarians was six times higher than the number of centenarians per capita in the United States today.
The four probiotic groups present in the probiotic chocolate are:
· Lactobacillus bulgaricus,
· Streptococcus thermophilus,
· Lactobacillus rhamnosus,
· Bifidobacterium ssp;
Benefits of Probiotics:
- Stimulate the absorption of lactose.
- Support overall digestion and inhibit the excessive reproduction of “bad” pathogens in the digestive system.
- Suppress putrefactive processes in the stomach and intestines.
- Prevent the deficiency of B vitamins
- Restore normal intestinal microflora affected by antibiotic intake.
- Prevent and treat diarrhea, including infectious ones.
- Reduce the risk of stomach diseases.
- Limit the occurrence of vaginal yeast infections, urinary tract infections and cystitis.
- Stimulate immunity. Studies have shown that consumption of yogurt containing specific types of Lactobacillus or nutritional supplements with Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium can stimulate the immune defense.
- Help treatment of respiratory infections such as sinusitis, bronchitis and pneumonia.
- Reduce the risk of allergies – asthma, food allergies to milk and skin reactions such as eczema.
- Can lower the high levels of “bad” cholesterol.
- Reduce the risk of bladder and colon tumors. Improve digestibility of dairy products and other proteins.