You may have heard about the benefits of probiotics and want to try it for yourself. So, you are determined to find a high-quality probiotic that is effective. The problem is that you may have no clue what CFUs are and why there are billions of them per capsule. CFUs are the key to understanding probiotic potency and how to maintain that potency. Continue reading to learn what CFUs are, how they are measured, and how this impacts the potency of probiotic supplements.
Probiotics are living microorganisms that provide a health benefit to the host when consumed. The living microorganisms used in probiotic supplements are different strains of bacteria that are similar to the good bacteria naturally found inside our gut. Strains of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium are the most commonly used bacteria in probiotics. Each strain is unique and requires a certain count and environment to be effective.To understand why CFUs are important, you must understand the gastrointestinal tract and how probiotics work. The gastrointestinal tract is made up of trillions of microorganisms, good and bad, that colonize the intestine. Probiotics do not permanently colonize the intestine, so they must be regularly ingested to provide a benefit.
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