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A probiotic is, by consensus definition, a live microorganism which, when given in adequate amounts confers a health benefit on the host. Extensive clinical evaluation of the human L. reuteri DSM 17938, (parent strain ATCC 55730), for over nearly 20 years confirms the true probiotic properties of this bacterial strain. The safety of this probiotic in humans of all ages has been demonstrated as has its ability to temporarily colonise throughout the human gastrointestinal tract. In acute rotavirus infections, the probiotic together with oral rehydration solution promote recovery whilst prophylactic daily supplementation in nursery infants was able to significantly reduce the incidence of fever, gastrointestinal infections, visits to the doctor, day care absence and the use of antibiotics compared with placebo.
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