oa SA Pharmacist's Assistant - Probiotics : review

Volume 15, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1608-9634
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1068



Probiotics are live nonpathogenic microorganisms (yeasts and bacteria) that live in the intestines and vagina. They fend off attacks by harmful microorganisms, preventing illness. The term "probiotics" also refers to the same yeasts and bacteria available as dietary suppliments or added to certain foods. Most commercial products have been derived from food sources, especially cultured milk products. Commercial products may improve the health of the host when given in adequate amounts. The list of such microorganisms continues to grow and includes strains of lactic acid bacilli (e.g, Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium and (a nonpathogenic strain of yeast).

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