More Reasons to Love Probiotics
Probiotics aren’t just a boon to ment
al health. They’ve got full-body benefits, too, including these:
* Infection fighter: Live probiotics in fermented foods can boost immunity and may even help prevent urinary tract infections.
(Related: Check out the new research on yogurt’s role in preventing UTIs.)
* Heart protector: Probiotics found in yogurt products containing live bacteria have been shown to exert a heart-protective effect on blood lipoproteins linked to cardiovascular disease.
(Related: Discover what yogurt may do for your blood pressure.)
* Diarrhea remedy: Fermented milk products that contain acidophilus (check the labels on kefir and yogurt-based drinks) can help prevent diarrhea in children taking antibiotics.
(Related: Do you know when — and when not — to give your grandkids medication?)