THT - Probiotics & starter cultures

Health ingredients

The word ‘probiotic’ comes from the Greek ‘pro bios’, meaning ‘for life’. Today, thanks to various research conducted over the past 20 years, it is known that probiotics help restore the balance of flora when this is disturbed.

Indeed, the beneficial health effects of probiotics have been confirmed by the World Health Organisation (WHO): “probiotics are live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host”.

Micro-organisms have been part of dietary system for thousands of years. They are found naturally in thousands of fermented foodstuffs such as salami, bread and wine, yoghurt, olives, sauerkraut and cheese.

Many bacteria belong to the Lactobacillus strain or the Bifidobacterium strain. These bacteria are found naturally in the gastro-intestinal system. In fact, the human digestive system contains around 100,000 billion bacteria, belonging to several hundred different species. These bacteria have a health impact through their contribution to digestion and stimulation of the immune system.

Health ingredients for human

Health ingredients for human
Health ingredients for human

Not all probiotics work in the same way. The strains used by THT are derived from some of the most-studied species worldwide.

Many clinical studies have shown that eating a specified amount of probiotics on a daily basis can:

  • restore the natural balance of intestinal flora (e.g. following a course of antibiotics);
  • prevent or more quickly cure complaints such as diarrhoea (e.g. traveller's diarrhoea);
  • maintain intestinal activity at an optimum level (preventing for instance constipation and flatulence) – this activity is being hit more and more by our hectic lifestyle;
  • stimulate the defence mechanisms of the immune system and so decrease the likelihood of viral or bacterial infections;
  • actively contribute to the digestion of food by breaking down through fermentation the remains of the food that has not been assimilated into the system (cellulose, hemicelluloses, pectin).

Probiotics also help to:

  • produce vitamins B2, B5, B9, B12 and K;
  • restore the natural balance of vaginal flora (e.g. following a fungal infection).

To maximise the anticipated effects on humans, three conditions must be fulfilled:

  • Bacteria (which, as mentioned, are live microorganisms) must be kept in the best possible conditions: temperature and humidity must be kept at optimum levels when producing and storing the end product to which the bacteria are to be added.
  • End users must consume a sufficient quantity of probiotics since the passage of the latter through the digestive system will considerably reduce the number of bacteria present.
  • Probiotics must be consumed on a regular basis and over an extended period for their beneficial effects to be observed and maintained.

 

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