Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins

, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 8–14

Rationale for Using of Bifidobacterium Probiotic Strains-Fermented Milk Against Colitis Based on Animal Experiments and Clinical Trials


DOI: 10.1007/s12602-008-9001-8

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Imaoka, A. & Umesaki, Y. Probiotics & Antimicro. Prot. (2009) 1: 8. doi:10.1007/s12602-008-9001-8


Probiotic foods such as probiotic strain-fermented milk or supplements proposing various health claims are now available. The beneficial effects of these probiotic foods on the digestive system are expected for not only healthy persons but also patients with diseases of the alimentary tract. This review focused on the rationale of using our Bifidobacterium strains-fermented milk as an adjunct for the prevention of recurrence or exacerbation of colitis. Animal experiments using gnotobiotic colitis or spontaneously colitis models and also human clinical trials of ulcerative colitis patients showed the potential of Bifidobacterium strains-fermented milk as a beneficial anti-colitis adjunct.


BifidobacteriumProbioticsColitisFermented milkIntestinal microbiota

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Yakult Central Institute for Microbiological ResearchKunitachiJapan