What are probiotics?
First identified in Bulgaria in 1905, probiotics are defined by most scientists as “live microbial food additives which have a beneficial effect on humans by improving the internal microbial balance”.
1908 – Russian biologist and Nobel Prize winner Dr. Elie Metchnikov publishes his book “ The Prolongation of Life” . This was the first scientific study to show the direct links between intestinal microflora balance, ingested “friendly” bacteria and good health.
It was Dr. Metchnikov who isolated the primary bacteria used to ferment the milk into yogurt and named it Lactobacillus bulgaricus after the country that is its home and natural habitat.
“The Bulgarian farmers’ longevity and good health were due to the consumption of fermented dairy products containing Lactobacillus bulgaricus.”
Elie Mechnikov, Nobel Prize winner in Medicine - 1908