Probiotics and Health: A Clinical Perspective

Probiotics live microorganisms when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host that have been studied for both human and animal applications, and worldwide research on this topic has accelerated in recent years. Administration of probiotics could be effective in the treatment of acute infectious diarrhoea in children and the prevention of antibiotic associated diarrhoea and nosocomial/community acquired diarrhoea. Encouraging evidence is also emerging for the effectiveness of probiotics in the prevention and management of pouchitis and paediatric atopic diseases, and the prevention of postoperative infections. There is also strong evidence that certain probiotic strains are able to enhance immune function, especially in subjects with less than adequate immune function such as the elderly. Efficacy of probiotics has been shown in the prevention of prevention of antibiotic-associated diarrhoea, sepsis associated with severe acute pancreatitis, improvement of lactose metabolism and cancers, the management of weight and lowering of blood cholesterol, but there is insufficient evidence to recommend them for use in other clinical conditions.

  • Probiotics and aging
  • Probiotics and women health
  • Maintenance of Oral health
  • Reduction in cold and flu risk
  • Probiotics and neuroprotection
  • Prevention of Hypercholesterolaemia
  • Enhancement of vaccine responses
  • Prevention and treatments of Vaginitis
  • Treatment of H. pylori Infection
  • Prevention of respiratory tract infections
  • Probiotics useful in HIV/AIDS treatment
  • Prevention of post-operative infections
  • Prevention and treatment of Atopic disease and celiac diseases
  • Prevention of Diabetes and Weight management
  • Prevention of Cancers and Anti-tumor effects’

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