What are live cultures?
Live cultures are the microorganisms we find in foods such as yoghurt, and fermented foods like sauerkraut and kefir. Did you know that around 100 trillion bacteria live in your gut? It’s thought that many of them are beneficial for your health, including supporting good digestion, fighting against ‘bad’ bacteria, and even ...Read more manufacturing some vitamins such as vitamin K. You may have heard of some of the names of these cultures, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, a common strain of bacteria found in the body and in fermented foods. Live cultures can also include beneficial yeasts such as saccharomyces boulardii which can be beneficial when travelling abroad as we are often exposed to different foods that may disrupt the balance of bacteria in our gut. Supplementing with live cultures can be beneficial at these times.
How can I take live cultures?
As mentioned you can find live cultures in fermented foods such kefir, sauerkraut and yoghurt.
Live cultures differ in the strains they contain; some are general multi strain everyday products, whereas others can be a single strain that may be beneficial for specific issues.
You can purchase live cultures in capsule or powder form, or less commonly in a liquid.