The scientific basis for probiotic strains of lactobacillus

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Courtesy of American Society for Microbiology

The concept of using Lactobacillus species for disease treatment and prevention as well as health restoration and maintenance is not new. However, in recent times, there has been a renewal of interest in the use of probiotics (as distinct from antibiotics) (also termed biotherapeutic agents), driven in large part by consumers and the lay press. Probiotics have been used therapeutically to modulate immunity, lower cholesterol, treat rheumatoid arthritis, prevent cancer, improve lactose intolerance, and prevent or reduce the effects of atopic dermatitis, Crohn’s disease, diarrhea, and constipation as well as candidiasis and urinary tract infections (UTI).

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