Day: August 3, 2017

Why Should Men Take Probiotics

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While the benefits of probiotics such as alleviating yeast infections are widely known in women, they are not addressed frequently in men. That said, a growing body of research confirms the health benefits of probiotic consumption in men. This post highlights the importance of probiotics in men.

1. Probiotics Improve the Gut Health

Although IBS is more common in women, men also tend to suffer from the frustrating symptoms of IBS. Consumption of probiotics helps strengthen the leaky gut barrier, which underlies the emergence of IBS. This lessens the severity of abdominal pain, bloating, and other IBS symptoms.

More so, colon cancer, which is the second leading cause of death in the United States, occurs with greater frequency in men. The role of probiotics in preventing colon cancer has been widely studied. One of the several factors that contribute to the development of colon cancer is an imbalance in the composition of bacteria inhabiting the gut. [1] Since probiotics restore the balance of the altered microbiota, they can fend off abnormal cellular and DNA changes that trigger cancerous changes. In a trial performed on colon cancer patients, a 12-week administration of a synbiotic formulation (composed of both probiotics and prebiotics) resulted in a significant improvement in the cancer biomarkers. [2]

2. Probiotics Optimize Cardiovascular Health

Heart disease is the most common cause of death in men as per CDC. Probiotics benefit cardiac health in a number of ways, including but not limited to:

  • Lowering LDL-cholesterol (bad cholesterol) levels [3], primarily Lactobacillus reuteri NCIMB 30242
  • Reducing blood pressure [4]
  • Helping you lose body weight and preventing heart disease [5]

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