Probiotic comes from the Greek word pro, meaning “promoting” and biotic, meaning “life.”Probiotics is live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host. Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) and bifidobacteria are the most common types of microbes used as probiotics, but certain yeasts and bacilli may also be used. Probiotics are commonly consumed as part of fermented foods with specially added active live cultures, such as in yogurt, soy yogurt, or as dietary supplements.
Origin: Used to make yogurt. Its purpose is to turn lactose, the sugar in milk, into lactic acid
Source: Yoghurt and other fermented dairy products, cheese
Benefits: Produces large quantities of the enzyme lactase, making it effective in the prevention of lactose intolerance, act as anti-carcinogenic, reduces risk of antibiotic associated bacteria, helps in making reduced fat cheese and reduce abdominal pain. It helps in providing gastrointestinal benefits and antioxidant properties.