Probiotics and their health benefits

Michelle Fleet, Pattanathu Rahman

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With growing interest in the use of probiotics for maintaining good health, this chapter examines the far‐reaching scope of their potential use. It describes the recent advances in the area and how such developments may be utilized to facilitate further advancement. The chapter discusses the potential barriers to interpreting current clinical data which is the possible future direction of suitable experimental design. In the interests of public health, a co‐ordinated, multifaceted, and multidisciplinary approach is required to give full assurance about the health benefits to human subjects of probiotics, administered at specific doses and defined to strain level. Probiotics are non‐pathogenic live active micro‐organisms which improve microbial balance, particularly in the gastrointestinal (GI) system. In a clinical setting, the use of probiotics in the treatment and prevention of diarrhea, in children and patients undergoing radiotherapy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMicrobial Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals
EditorsVijai Kumar Gupta, Helen Treichel, Volha (Olga) Shapaval, Luiz Antonio de Oliveira, Maria G. Tuohy
ISBN (Electronic)9781119048961
ISBN (Print)9781119049012
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2017


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