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Probiotic drinks affect metabolism and future products may aid weight loss


Researchers find that the probiotic bacteria found in many yoghurt drinks do alter the composition of the gut bacteria and also benefit certain aspects of metabolism.

The ability of probiotic yoghurt drinks to alter the composition of our gut bacteria as a whole has been questioned recently by a number of scientists and medical authorities. Their argument has been that while the probiotic yoghurt products such as Yakult and Actimel (popular in the UK which is a major market for probiotic products) contain around one billion bacteria, the human gastrointestinal tract contains around one hundred trillion so any health benefits are going to be marginal at best.

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Biennial probiotic conference set to launch in 2008


The International Probiotics Association (IPA) will next year hold the first of what is set to be a biennial conference dedicated to the development of effective probiotics.

The IPA World Congress will is being organized in association with the American Gastroenterological Association Institute (AGA) and will include health professionals, researchers and food and supplement industry representatives. The conference will run for 2 days and involve various presentations on probiotic-related topics.

Probiotics, also known as "friendly bacteria", have grown in popularity at a rapid rate as the public has become aware of the potential health benefits from supplementing their diet with the microorganisms. Various factors such as stress and poor diet can lead to probiotic bacteria in the gut being outnumbered by pathogenic bacteria. This situation can then lead to symptoms such as diarrhea and abdominal pain. Taking probiotic supplements or eating foods containing probiotic bacteria can help to redress this imbalance and can also have other benefits such as protection from a variety of chronic conditions. The global market for probiotic products in 2006 was reported at $4.1b.

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New Lactobacillus plantarum 299v and Lactobacillus casei studies show health benefits


New research into these two important probiotic bacteria demonstrates their viability and potential benefit to human health.

Lactobacillus plantarum 299v and Lactobacillus casei are two of the most well known and most studied probiotic bacteria at the present time. Both are widely available as nutritional supplements so it is important for consumers to know whether they are safe and worth the retail price. Two new research studies this published this week suggest both bacteria are both safe and effective.

Lactobacillus plantarum 299v is a strain of probiotic bacteria patented and manufactured by Probi, a biotech firm, and licensed to a number of nutritional supplement companies. The latest research was carried out at the Infectious Diseases Research Unit, Lund University, Malmo, Sweden and published in Digestive Diseases and Sciences.

The research team set out to discover how intake of Lactobacillus plantarum 299v affects the concentrations of fecal organic acids during and after treatment with metronidazole (an antibiotic). The tests were carried out in 19 patients with recurrent Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea.

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Popularity of Probiotics Growing but Viable Bacteria are Lacking in Some Supplements


A new consumer test report finds that many probiotic products do not contain the stated number of viable "friendly bacteria".

The report from is based on lab testing of a range of popular probiotic products, commonly referred to as "friendly bacteria". The report shows that 44% of the products tested contained fewer viable organisms than manufacturer claims or levels generally known to be effective.

Probiotic bacteria have become a prime medical research target over the past decade and consumer awareness of their benefits has followed closely behind. The so called "friendly bacteria" have been successfully used in a range of clinical applications that include reducing symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), treating H. pylori infection (the bacteria that causes stomach ulcers), and treating diarrhea associated with antibiotic use and Clostridium difficile infection. Probiotic supplements have also been shown to reduce allergic reactions, and most recently, to have painkilling actions in the gut.

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Colic in Babies Improved by Probiotic Supplement

L. reuteri probiotic drops fed to an infantNew research finds treatment with the probiotic organism Lactobacillus reuteri may improve colicky symptoms in infants.

The research was carried out at the University of Turin in Italy, by a team of researchers led by Dr. Francesco Savino. In the study, they compared the probiotic bacteria Lactobacillus reuteri with the pharmaceutical drug pharmaceutical control simethicone. The results demonstrated a definite benefit from a daily dose of the probiotic.

In the article the authors note that infantile colic is one of the most common problems during the first three months of an infant's life, and can affect up to 28% of newborns. Although it has long been known to be associated with gastrointestinal discomfort there has been no identifiable cause so the associated behavioral syndrome characterized by excessive and inconsolable crying has been used to identify colic and judge its severity.

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