The Surprising Benefits of Probiotics

Good bacteria isn’t just for digestion anymore.

The Surprising Benefits of Probiotics

Known as “good bacteria," probiotics are essential for a healthy gut and digestive system but they may also play a significant role in your overall health. Many experts, from doctors and nutritionists, to researchers and scientists, all suspect that probiotics may have wide-ranging effects on multiple systems in the body and are exploring new research on the potential power of probiotics.

Watch: The First Oz Investigation on Probiotics

For Brain Health

Some experts believe that the gut and the brain are closely linked, suggesting that some bacteria strains may benefit the brain and by extension, conditions that affect the mind. In a 2016 study in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, a correlation between probiotic consumption and improved cognitive function encourages further research into the effects of probiotics on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Watch: How Your Gut Influences Your Brain

From Cerebral Palsy to Olympian: How This Athlete Beat the Odds

Nick Mayhugh, a world-class athlete in USANA's "Winner's Circle," is showing you how he fuels his body and ambition.

Nick Mayhugh grew up playing soccer like most American kids do. But unlike most kids, he had the elite skills to match his deep passion. He perfected his play, practiced into the nights and dedicated his young life to the sport. For him, that meant secretly compensating for physical effects he was told were normal growing pains but that he knew weren't, like numbness on the left side of his body. So he pushed harder than the others, learning to play with just his right limbs and teaching himself to walk without a limp.

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