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
There was a new study published in the May 29, 2008 issue of Nature , a science and medicine journal, which may point researchers and pharmaceutical companies in a new direction of how to treat IBD . Researchers from the California Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School teamed up to conduct a study using mice and one of the thousands of bacteria found in the mammalian gut. The researchers identified a potentially beneficial bacteria known as, Bacteroides fragilis which showed promise in restoring an immune system balance in the mice used in the study.
In the study, immune compromised mice who were identified to have a specific pathogen-free microbiotica, were administered a dose of Helicobacter hepaticus, an intestinal bacterium, and developed what the researchers called a "rip roaring" case of IBD. But, when the researchers combined B. fragilis with the Helicobacter the mice remained fine. Through further experimentation, researchers found that a particul...
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 ...
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