Probiotics in the form of food or supplements could help alleviate our health problems, especially when they are caused by microbial disturbances. The science is not always clear about its potential benefits, but it is useful to take a quick look at the current state of art regarding the potential health benefits of probiotics.
1. Improve Lactose digestion.
Probiotics that contain strains such as (Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus) produces lactase enzyme, when consumed with dairy products it improves lactose digestion.
2. Eradication of ulcer-causing H. pylori infections
Some strains of lactic acid bacteria may inhibit the growth of H. pylori (a stomach bacteria causing ulcers), it can be taken as a supplement with antibiotic therapy for H. pylori eradication.
3. Prevention of Systemic Infections
Bacterial infection can occur after surgical procedures or to those who are seriously ill with critical conditions, such as severe acute pancreatitis advanced liver cirrhosis, or multisystem organ failure, treatment with L. plantarum 299V in case of severe acute pancreatitis decreases the incidence of infection.
4. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Oral preparations of Escherichia coli is effective as mesalazine in maintaining remission. Fermented milk containing B. breve strain Yakult, Bifidobacterium bifidum strain Yakult, and L. acidophilus (undefined strain) can be useful to induce remission in ulcerative colitis patients with mild disease.
Specific strains of probiotics can be somewhat effective in treatment of established atopic dermatitis.
5. Vaginal Infection
The potential use of the probiotic lactobacilli is to decrease the risk of bacterial or yeast vaginal infections or to improve the outcome during treatment for these infections.
6. Regulation of the Immune System
Different probiotics are able to stimulate, as well as regulate, several aspects of natural and acquired immune responses, it could impact infectious disease, response to vaccines, cancer, allergic disease, autoimmune disorders, and inflammatory diseases.
7. Acute infectious disease
Different strains such as L. reuteri SD2112, L. rhamnosus GG, L. casei DN-114 001, and S. cerevisiae (boulardii) decreases the severity and duration of diarrhea. Probiotics can be used as a prophylactic (preventative measure) for the prevention of acute diarrhea in infants admitted to the hospital with chronic disease.
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