Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that may have various health benefits, such as boosting your immune system and gut health.
These microorganisms can be found in fermented foods like kimchi, kombucha and kefir, added to processed food, or made into dietary supplements.
Unfortunately, many naturally probiotic foods use animal products, so we’re here to help you find the best vegan probiotic supplements to support a healthy, plant-based diet.
Probiotic foods have been around for thousands of years, but it wasn’t until the 20th century that scientists realised that bacteria had potential health benefits. In 1907, Russian scientist Elie Metchnikoff linked the long lifespan of people living in the Caucasus mountains to the daily consumption of fermented yogurt containing a probiotic he named Lactobacillus Bulgaricus.
Since then, probiotics have surged in popularity, thanks to interest in fermented foods (such as Korean
kimchi, Greek yogurt and Japanese miso) and an increasingly health-conscious population. However, while probiotics are increasingly popular, many contain animal products, so this article will help you find the best vegan probiotic supplements for your dietary needs.