Probiotic Benefits to Boost Immune System Health

by Dr. David Williams
Filed Under: Immune Health, Probiotics
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Having a healthy and robust colonization of bacteria in your bowels is extremely important to your immune system function. This may seem a bit far-fetched at first until you consider that these bacteria help develop your intestinal immune system.

Along the long length of your intestines, you have an abundance of lymph tissue that, along with the beneficial bacteria, work to process and absorb vital vitamins and minerals while preventing toxins from being reabsorbed into your bloodstream. For this reason, many researchers are now calling the intestine the primary immune organ in the body.

Another way probiotics support your immune system has to do specifically with their handling of bad bacteria. One of the major reasons bad bacteria are so detrimental to your health is that they produce numerous toxic metabolites. These are the harmful waste products that the bad bacteria dump into your intestines and that end up circulating throughout your body, which places an enormous burden on your immune system.

Healthy probiotic bacteria help to neutralize the unhealthy byproducts of bad bacteria. They also produce B vitamins and vitamin K, which are powerful antioxidants and an excellent line of defense for your body.

But now that the word is out about probiotics and how important they are for proper digestion, immune system health, and overall wellness, many nutritional supplement manufacturers are jumping on the bandwagon and flooding the market with probiotic products that may very well be worthless. The problem is most of the beneficial bacteria in these products may not survive long enough to reach you—or, more specifically, your gut.

That’s why it's crucial that you look for a probiotic supplement with a delivery technology designed to ensure that the various bacteria reach the appropriate part of your digestive tract. 

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