Journal of Industrial Microbiology

, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 263–267

Bifidobacteria and their role in human health

  • Tomotari Mitsuoka
Original Papers

DOI: 10.1007/BF01575871

Cite this article as:
Mitsuoka, T. Journal of Industrial Microbiology (1990) 6: 263. doi:10.1007/BF01575871


There is a growing consensus on the beneficial effects of bifidobacteria in human health. It is now clear that bifidobacteria that exist in the large intestine are helpful for maintenance of human health and are far more important thanLactobacillus acidophilus as beneficial intestinal bacteria throughout human life. In other words, the reduction or disappearance of bifidobacteria in the human intestine would indicate an “unhealthy” state. Oral administration of bifidobacteria may be effective for the improvement of intestinal flora and intestinal environment, for the therapy of enteric and hepatic disorders, for stimulation of the immune response, and possibly for the prevention of cancer and slowing the aging process. However, for consistent and positive results further well-controlled studies are urgently needed.

Key words

Bifidobacterium Intestinal flora Human health Human disease Prevention of cancer 

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© Society for Industrial Microbiology 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tomotari Mitsuoka
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biomedical Science, Faculty of AgricultureThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Nippon Veterinary and Zootechnical CollegeMusashino-Shi, TokyoJapan

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