If you’ve heard anything about probiotics, you likely know that these live bacteria (found in foods like kefir, yogurt, and kombucha) are key for good gut health. And if you consider that your microbiome—all of the bacteria in your body—is a mix of good and bad bacteria (like the kind that make you sick), it’s important to have enough of the good guys so your body functions properly.
The problem is, its tough to get enough from food alone, so a supplement—like one that blends enzymes and other ingredients like ginger to help with digestion—is a good bet.
Even more: Probiotics do far more than ease tummy troubles. “Probiotics have been around for awhile but in the past five years, there’s been a lot more research on them,” says Kristina Secinaro, R.D., a research dietitian in the Center for Clinical Investigation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. “And while most people just thought of probiotics as beneficial for digestive health, your gut is connected to your entire body.”
As a result? Emerging research suggests they help prevent a wide range of conditions, starting with these five.