Health aspects of probiotics.

  • Ouwehand A
  • Vesterlund S
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Intestinal microbiota contribute in many different ways to our health; disturbances in the activity and/or composition of these microbiota may negatively influence health. In order to maintain a healthy intestinal microbiota, prebiotics and probiotics can be used. Selected probiotic strains safely shorten the duration of rotavirus diarrhea, relieve symptoms of lactose maldigestion and elicit beneficial immune-modulating effects. Other beneficial health effects have also been attributed to probiotics; however, these have not been sufficiently substantiated. Additional research into the mechanisms of probiotics is required.

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  • Adjuvants, Immunologic
  • Adjuvants, Immunologic: therapeutic use
  • Digestive System
  • Digestive System: microbiology
  • Female Urogenital Diseases
  • Female Urogenital Diseases: drug therapy
  • Female Urogenital Diseases: prevention & control
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases: drug therapy
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases: prevention & control
  • Humans
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Lactose Intolerance: microbiology
  • Male Urogenital Diseases
  • Probiotics
  • Probiotics: therapeutic use

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  • SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-0038355056
  • ISSN: 1369-7056
  • PMID: 12811680
  • SGR: 0038355056
  • PUI: 36826705
  • ISBN: 1369-7056


  • Arthur Ouwehand

  • Satu Vesterlund

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