The word "probiotic" originates from the Greek signfication for "life". The definition given by the World Health Organisation (WHO), probiotics are microorganisms that, when consumed in sufficient quantities, confer beneficial effects to their host. There has been considerable research into probiotics over the last 20 years and today, it has been clearly established that probiotics help normalise the balance of intestinal flora. The principal actions of probiotics are:
There are different types of probiotics and each type has a different potential to achieve these benefits. The probiotic strain we use in our Probiotic Chocolate Ombars, is bifidobacterium lactis. Two key benefits of this strain that have been established are that it:
The 'lacto' part of the name of the strain refers to lactic acid rather than lactose. The product specification for this product declares that it is free from dairy.