Living Long – How the Probiotic Revolution Began

Elie Metchnikoff 1845-1916

Early in the 20th century, a Russian scientist Elie Metchnikoff wondered about the long, healthy lives of Bulgarian pheasants. When Metchnikoff (who won a Noble Prize for other scientific work he did) explored the diet of these rural communities, he found they ate a lot of fermented foods, dairy products in particular.

From there, Metchnikoff explored what in the foods might be affecting the Bulgarian’s health, deciding that lactic-acid producing bacteria in the gut had some impact on health. Although he didn’t call them probiotics (that term wasn’t coined until decades later) he was the first person to examine the effects of bacteria on our health.

Metchnikoff wasn’t alone in his work. A French scientist, Henry Tissier, noticed bacterial differences in children suffering from diarrhea. He identified bifid bacteria and recommended that children suffering from diarrhea might benefit from taking that bacteria.

On the shoulders of these two men – and many other insightful medical researchers – is built an industry that today may hold the key to many health issues we face. From bacterial changes in children with autism to probiotics that help fight off antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the exciting world of probiotics and probiotics is finally getting the attention it deserves!

Go with your gut,

The Probulin Team

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