May 17 2010

The Safety and Efficacy of Bacillus sp. as Probiotics:

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Introduction Probiotics, or “friendly bacteria” are now being recognized in the United States for their ability to improve the health of consumers. Americans are now finding out, what has long been known in Europe, that specific species and strains of bacteria can improve resistance to pathogenic bacteria, aid in lactose digestion, modulate the immune system, prevent overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine, reduce blood lipids, reduce blood pressure, and help to alleviate allergies, urogenital infections, Helicobacter pylori infections, and hepatic encephalopathy20. Acceptance of these phenomena by scientists in the U.S. has been slow in coming. But the evidence has been mounting; so much so, that the mainstream, Institute of Food Technologists has issued an Expert Panel Report on the most common of these organisms and has sponsored a symposium on their use at a recent annual meeting.21

Clearly, there is much more to learn about how these organisms interact with the body, and with each other to produce these effects. The most advanced formulators of probiotic products have recognized the fact that each person carries about three to four and a half pounds of active bacteria in their colon, and that the products of these bacteria can have a profound effect on the body’s health and metabolism.2 It is for that reason that researchers around the world have been investigating the safety and efficacy of potential probiotic species, including those in the genus Bacillus.16

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