Lactobacillus in the Gastrointestinal Tract
John Keohane, Kieran Ryan and Fergus Shanahan
from: Lactobacillus Molecular Biology: From Genomics to Probiotics (Edited by: Åsa Ljungh and Torkel Wadström). Caister Academic Press, U.K. (2009)
Probiotics are living organisms which when consumed have beneficial health benefits outside their inherent nutritional effects. Much has been written in both the medical literature and lay press about their potential benefits, some of it well validated by randomized controlled trials but other claims remain unsubstantiated. There is a growing body of evidence for the role of probiotics in gastrointestinal infections, irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease which will be discussed further in this chapter read more ...