The recent edition of Alternative and Complementary Therapies features a Natural Standard evidence-based systematic review on probiotics (Bifidobacterium, Lactobacillus, and Saccharomyces boulardii).
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria (sometimes referred to as "friendly germs") that help to maintain the health of the intestinal tract and aid in digestion. They also help keep potentially harmful organisms in the gut (harmful bacteria and yeasts) under control. Most probiotics come from food sources, especially cultured milk products, and have been found to stimulate the body's immune system. They may also aid in several gastrointestinal illnesses such as inflammatory bowel diseases, antibiotic-related diarrhea, infectious diarrhea, hepatic encephalopathy, irritable bowel syndrome and allergies.
For information about probiotics, please visit Natural Standard's Health & Wellness Database.