Probiotics The benefits of bacterial cultures


Probiotics are bacterial cultures widely used in the treatment of disease. They are available without a prescription. Bacterial interference between types of bacteria and immunomodulation are the most common explanations as to why people may benefit from these treatments. The data on the use of probiotics in pediatric and adult diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, ileal pouchitis, urogenital infections, allergy, skin infections, and cancers are reviewed. Although generally safe, cases of complications from probiotic therapy are discussed, as well as potential problems that may develop.

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The authors have stated that they do not have a significant financial interest or other relationship with any product manufacturer or provider of services discussed in this article. The authors do discuss the use of off-label products, which includes unlabeled, unapproved, or investigative products or devices.

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Macintyre, A., Childscymet, T. Probiotics The benefits of bacterial cultures . Compr Ther 31, 181–185 (2005).

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  • Lactobacillus
  • Bacterial Vaginosis
  • Comp THER
  • Probiotic Group
  • Saccharomyces Boulardii