The Promise of Probiotics

Probiotic is certainly not a complete solution to antibiotic resistance, but taking it whilst on antibiotics is quite effective in minimizing the side-effects caused by antibiotics.

The increasing inclination to use antibiotics for common ailments —coughs, earache, etc.— is one of the main reasons for rising antimicrobial resistance. It is because such antibiotics don’t just destroy bad bacteria but also the good ones resulting unpleasant side-effects.

On the other hand, discontinuing antibiotic course prematurely does not eliminate bad bacteria completely. As a result, it has a chance to develop immunity to antibiotics, which ultimately leads to antimicrobial resistance. Due to this, almost untreatable infections are scaling up and the available few antibiotics are gradually failing to cure this global crisis of antibiotic resistance.

According to research, drug-resistant infections have been killing around 700,000 people each year globally.

Hence, health experts strongly recommend taking probiotics along with antibiotics to prevent unpleasant side-effects as probiotics is a supplement which replaces gut’s bacteria ensuring wide range of health benefits.

With the growing concerns over antibiotics, the market for probiotics—retail and ingredients—is expanding, too. Besides gut health, companies involved in probiotic ingredients are offering products which they claim support immune system, reduce respiratory tract infections and support issues related to women like child bearing age, pregnancy, menopause, etc.

The rise in demand of probiotics ingredients is expected to drive the market at almost 7% CAGR growth reaching nearly €2 billion in 2021. In addition, the consumption of probiotics is also predicted to lower the healthcare cost significantly especially in the US and the Europe. The infections caused by antibiotics is adding over €16 billion to healthcare costs in the US alone at present.

For more information on “Global Probiotic Ingredients Market, Forecast to 2021” please visit 

Subarna Poudel is a researcher with Frost & Sullivan. He can be reached at

Sapan Agarwal drives content and marketing for Frost & Sullivan. Sapan is based out of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia and can be reached at | +603 6204 5830

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