The goal of this site is to bring you up to date news about research related to beneficial bacteria and to give you the necessary background information to help you make more informed decisions about their use. Bacteria are proving to be useful organisms in both the body and in our environment.
Will they improve my health condition?
When bacteria are taken to improve health, they are considered “probiotics.” Probiotics are officially defined as “live microorganisms that may confer a health benefit on the host”. Although the the idea of ingesting microorganisms may be strange, most of us eat different types of probiotics everyday in the form of yogurt, sauerkraut and cheese. The most common forms helpful bacteria are from the genera, Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. To learn what probiotics are, go here.
Because the benefits of consuming probiotics are becoming clearer, there are many products on the market. Yet, there is limited information about them. It’s also very difficult to separate fact from fiction. To help you, we also provide overviews of clinical trial research so that you can find out which strains work the best for a particular disease and to help you find the best probiotic supplement. To see the trial overviews, visit the “Probiotic Trials” page.
Can they improve the health of my garden and pond?
Your body isn’t the only place where bacteria are beneficial and helpful. They are also essential for healthy gardens and ponds. We rely on bacteria for the proper decomposition of organic wastes, and the return of nutrients to the soil. In the water, nitrifying bacteria and photosynthetic bacteria are essential for maintaining the water quality, limiting algae and preventing the build up harmful ammonia. While in the soil, nitrogen-fixing bacteria are needed to provide nitrogen for plant growth. To learn more about how the nitrogen cycle in water, read the article, “Bacteria of the Nitrogen Cycle in Aquariums Explained.”
Beneficial bacteria in the news
Besides offering useful information about probiotics at the “Beneficial Bacteria Explained” page, The Beneficial Bacteria Site provides weekly overviews of the latest research on useful bacteria. Furthermore, we welcome discussion about our research updates and value your input regarding your own unique experiences with useful bacteria.
Disclaimer: This site is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As with all changes in your diet and lifestyle, it is wise to consult your personal physician.