Digestion : Probiotics' Potential as Pharmaceuticals

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By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Food Weekly News --

Investigators discuss new findings in Food Science. According to news reporting from Bengal, India, by VerticalNews editors, the research stated, "Increased evidence for the health benefits of probiotics for health restoration coupled with the consumer's inclination towards a safe, natural and cost-effective substitute for drugs have led application of probiotics as a pharmaceutical agent and are rapidly moving in clinical usage. In this context, this article attempts to highlight the potential of probiotics as a pharmaceutical agent."

The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research, "Design/methodology/approach - Endeavor has been made to explore the significance of probiotics for the modulation of gut ecology and their action. Potentiality of probiotics for their exploitation as a pharmaceutical agent has also been justified. Limitations of probiotic therapy and the various considerations for probiotic therapy have also been delineated.

Probiotic organisms influence the physiological and pathological process of the host by modifying the intestinal microbiota, thereby affecting human health. Beneficial effects of probiotics as a pharmaceutical agent seem to be strain and dose dependent and more efficacious with their early introduction. Combination of various probiotics proved to be more efficacious than single strain for exhibiting prophylactic activities. Research limitations/implications - Reviewed literature indicated that it is difficult to generalize for the beneficial effect of all probiotics for all types of diseases as efficacy of probiotics is strain-dependent and dose-dependent and its clinical application needs long-term investigations.

Practical implications - Clinical trials have displayed that probiotics may alleviate certain disorders or diseases in humans especially those related to gastro-intestinal tract. Originality/value - Ingestion of fermented dairy products containing probiotic cultures may provide health benefits in certain clinical conditions such as antibiotic-associated diarrhea, rotavirus-associated diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, inflammatory bowel syndrome, allergenic diseases, cancer, Helicobacter pylori infection and lactose-intolerance."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Application of probiotics as a pharmaceutical agent is recommended."

For more information on this research see: Potential of probiotics as pharmaceutical agent: a review. British Food Journal, 2013;115(11):1658-1687. British Food Journal can be contacted at: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Howard House, Wagon Lane, Bingley BD16 1WA, W Yorkshire, England. (Emerald Group Publishing - www.emeraldinsight.com; British Food Journal - www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=0007-070X)

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting S. Sarkar, Metro Dairy Ltd, Dept. of Qual Assurance, Kolkata 700121, W Bengal, India.

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