Working to Actively Protect Your Health
There’s a wonderful world of friendly bacteria in your digestive system working hard to improve and protect your health. It's said that our immune system is dependent on these friendly flora. But in addition to this, beneficial bacteria perform a few other important functions that may surprise you.
When you consume foods and beverages that contain friendly beneficial bacteria, your body can manufacture and activate vitamins C, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, Biotin and folic acid. The essential fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K are also assimilated and enhanced. And in fact the very survival of Vitamins K and B12 depend on the presence of beneficial bacteria.
In addition, calcium and other minerals depend on strong gut flora for improved handling of minerals (NCBI Abstract on Probiotics).
The lactic acid in fermented vegetables can help break down foods in your stomach, often helping to reduce heartburn and other uncomfortable symptoms. Many people find that their digestion is improved when they include cultured vegetables in their diet.
Other health benefits
According to Donna Gates, author of The Baby Boomer Diet, many documented health benefits are attributed to probiotics:
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