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Probiotics in the Management of Diseases: A Review

Oranusi, S. U. and Atolagbe, O. M. and Olopade, B. K. (2014) Probiotics in the Management of Diseases: A Review. International Journal of Current Research and Academic Review, 2 (8). pp. 138-158. ISSN 2347-3215

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In recent years, there has been an increase in the application of probiotics for the treatment of some diseases and to alleviate the symptoms of many others. Diseases and ailments such as diarrhea, pouchitis, cancer, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel disease, and a host of others have experienced an increase in the use of certain probiotics bacteria to combat them. The complete mechanisms of action of probiotics in disease management and enhancement of the health of the host remain largely unknown, but the major activity thus appear to be via modulation of immune responses (immunomodulations) and colonization competitive shielding off of pathogens. This paper is set to review some of the various ailments for which probiotics have been used. With an upsurge in the use of probiotics, also comes an increase in skeptism on the safety of their use for medical purpose, the safety concerns that may obstruct effective usage and thus judicious application of probiotics in disease management warrants further investigations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Probiotics, Management of Diseases, Immunomodulations, Saccharomyces boulardii, Clostridium butyricum, and Streptococcus salivarius
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2014 10:02
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2016 09:29

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