What are probiotics?

The word probiotics comes from the Latin pro (“for”) and the Greek bios (“life”), and WHO (world health organisation) defines probiotics as “live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host.” 

Even though many people have never heard about probiotics, they have always been part of human life. Probiotics live on our skin, in the vagina, in plants etc. and they have been used in the production of fermented foods and cheeses for centuries. Two of the most common probiotic genera are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. These probiotic genera live naturally in the small and the large intestine. 


What do probiotics do?

Research shows that probiotics help hinder the growth and spreading of pathogenic bacteria that are located in the intestine. Probiotics supplement and colonise the intestinal flora where 70-80% of the immune system is located. The intestinal flora also has an impact on the digestive system. Research also indicate that probiotics have a particularly positive effect on people who have been treated with antibiotics, as probiotics help regenerate the natural gastrointestinal microbiota which can be damaged or killed by the antibiotic’s treatment.

Many people choose to supplement their daily diet with probiotics to get a happier stomach and a more balanced intestinal flora in their everyday.



Probiotics in Wellingo Biotics

You will find a total of six different selected probiotic strains of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium in Wellingo’s products: Lactobacillus rhamnosus BIFOLAC™GG, Bifidobacterium animalis ssp. lactis BIFOLAC™12, Bifidobacterium lactis BL-04, Lactobacillus paracasei 8700:2, Lactobacillus plantarum HEAL9, Lactobacillus rhamnosus DSM 6594.

The composition of the probiotic strains in Wellingo Biotics is made differently for each of the four lifestages: MAMA (the pregnant), Stage I (the newborn 0-6 mths.), Stage II (the infant 6-36 mhts.) and Stage III (the toddler 36 mths. +).