Probiotics are defined as live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host and help to maintain a healthy balanced microbiome. [2.53]


There is increasing evidence that probiotics have a more systems level effect on the overall composition of human microflora, essentially adding resilience so that there is less of a negative impact following a perturbation such as antibiotics and/or providing more rapid recovery from this perturbation. [2.54]

There is a growing body of clinical evidence that supports the role of specific strains and mixtures of probiotics in the prevention and treatment of certain disease. [2.9]
Taking probiotics have been shown to provide benefits and help with conditions like:

  • Vaginal yeast infections [2.10]

  • Urinary tract infections [2.11]

  • Allergies [2.12]

  • Upper respiratory tract infections [2.13]

  • C.Difficile associated diarrhea [2.14]

  • Antibiotic effects on the digestive tract [2.15]

  • Inflammation as in Inflammatory bowel disease [2.16]

  • Irritable bowel disease [2.17]

And other conditions including the prevention of necrotizing enterocolitis, managing symptoms of colic, primary prevention of atopic dermatitis, treatment of acute pediatric diarrhea, maintenance of remission for pouchitis and ulcerative colitis, reducing risk of symptoms of lactose maldigestion, and prevention and treatment of bacterial vaginosis. [2.55]

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