For too long, the only reason why someone thought of having to take probiotics and lactic ferments was relegated to summer episodes of diarrhoea or prolonged antibiotic treatments.
As if probiotics would only serve to readjust the intestine if that had just gone through a viral, bacterial or drug-related attack.
The last few years have helped us understanding that the gut microbiome (that is, all the bacteria living in the human intestine, guaranteeing life survival) is one of the most important existing organs. Important effects of the intestinal bacteria regulation have been discovered, ranging from the reduction of allergic phenomena, to inflammation control and a decrease in weight gaining.
In recent days, a study published online on Hypertension by a group of Australian researchers has shown that the use of a properly prepared mix of probiotics for more than 8 weeks (able to ensure the intake of enough live bacterial strains every day) is able to significantly reduce blood pressure in hypertensive subjects (Khalesi S et al, Hypertension. 21 Jul 2014. HYPERTENSIONAHA.114.03469. [Epub ahead of print]).
Subjects with minimum arterial pressure greater than 85 millimetres of mercury experienced a drop in pressure even more intense.
In other words, probiotics do not act as a drug, but in a much more intelligent fashion, that is, by reducing pressure where it is needed and not indiscriminately.
Such discovery confers a fresh value to the fact that the regulation of intestinal function, the relationship with food and the control of inflammation are amongst the most important elements in maintaining the balance of the entire body.
We still have a world to discover. The results produced by the adjustments of the intestinal function, as we have been doing for years through specific therapeutic paths, together with the regulation of food intake and intestinal flora have proved to be the most effective natural weapon to use, where possible, to achieve health through changes in behaviour and not always through conventional drugs.