There’s a lot of talk about probiotics and the benefits they have for the gut. But we don’t often hear about human strain probiotics. Human strain probiotics are probiotics that are derived from the human body. Are they more effective than, or superior to, any other probiotic? Let’s discuss probiotics, what they are, and how they work to see if we can make an accurate determination.
What Is a Probiotic?
The scientific definition of a probiotic is a substance that stimulates the growth of microorganisms, especially those with beneficial properties (such as those of the intestinal flora). It does not say that a probiotic has to have human origins or be a “human strain.”
To be a probiotic, a microbe only needs to have the ability to pass on its benefits to the human host, through growth or activity. So it’s the action that makes a probiotic a probiotic, not the source.
Human Strain Probiotics
A probiotic’s ability to remain viable and effective when it gets to the target site, in the human gut, should be tested and verified. There are numerous effective probiotic strains that are not normal residents of a human’s gastrointestinal tract.
These species have been shown in many clinical studies to be beneficial to humans, however. One such strain is Saccharomyces boulardii, which could not be called a “human strain” but still offers health benefits.
Superior or Not?
So, are human strain probiotics that are normally found in our guts superior to other probiotics sourced elsewhere? There is no scientific evidence that human strain probiotics are more effective. Because human strain probiotics tend to come from human waste matter, their ability to withstand transit in the intestinal tract is great.
Evidence suggests that a good probiotic is one that can survive conditions of the gut, during travel and when reaching the target destination. Be sure to talk to your doctor about what could be the best solution to solve your stomach aches and pains.