Generic Name: PROBIOTICS - ORAL Probiotic & Acidophilus Oral Uses
Probiotics contain different types of micro-organisms such
as yeast (saccharomyces boulardii) and bacteria (such as lactobacillus,
bifidobacterium). Micro-organisms (flora) are naturally found in the
stomach/intestines/vagina. Some conditions (such as antibiotic use, travel) can
change the normal balance of bacteria/yeast. Probiotics are used to improve
digestion and restore normal flora.
Probiotics have been used to treat bowel problems (such as
diarrhea, irritable bowel), eczema, vaginal yeast infections, lactose
intolerance, and urinary tract infections.
Probiotics are available in foods (such as yogurt, milk,
juices, soy beverages) and as dietary supplements (capsules, tablets, powders).
Different products have different uses. Check the label for information on uses
for your particular product.
Some diet supplement products have been found to contain
What are probiotics, who should take them, and where do you
Interest in the reported health benefits of probiotics has
grown in the past decade, and researchers continue to investigate how the
supplements can treat or prevent specific illnesses. Probiotics are
well-recognized for their ability to calm bowel inflammation in certain diseases,
particularly viral diarrhea, and they're
also helpful in reducing the incidence of severe diarrhea in patients being
treated for cancer .
On the research front they are being evaluated for use
in a number of skin disorders, and a nimal
studies suggest probiotics may play a role in the prevention of cancer . But
the supplements are not universally beneficial, and they're not recommended for
all patients. Let's take a closer look at these tiny organisms and what they
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are defined as "live microbial food ingredients
that are beneficial to health." Lactobacilli and bifidobacteria are well ...
Reprinted with permission from Amy Tenderich of www.diabetesmine.com.
From the Who-Knew? File:
Here I've been scoffing at these yogurt companies for pitching me on reviewing their products that are supposedly oh-so-good for people with diabetes (sneer). But now I discover that there really is such thing as a "super-yogurt culture" used to treat everything from diabetes to diarrhea -- that's starting to show up in lots of products on ordinary supermarket shelves.
Yes, these " probiotic products " (mostly dairy foods and dietary supplements) contain a "good bacteria" that doctors have apparently been long recommending to counter the effects of antibiotics, which kill your good bacteria along with the bad.
I know that my doctor, for one, has long been harping on the fact that everyone can benefit from consuming live yogurt cultures, which supplement the microbes found in your gastrointestinal system (i.e. give you healthy intestines).
What I didn't know was that clinical studies have...
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