Probiotic fermented milk improves immune function in marathon runners

Researchers have long recognized the immunomodulatory activity of certain probiotic strains (see review). A fermented milk that could improve immune parameters and reduce post-event symptoms would be a desirable dietary choice for endurance athletes. In a recent human trial, Brazilian … Continue reading

Akkermansia: a probiotic of the future?

The most common probiotics hail from the genera Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. But today researchers have been identifying new genera of bacteria isolated from the healthy human gut that may become the probiotic of the future. (See here for a previous … Continue reading

Working Toward Evidence-Based Use of Probiotics

Researchers who understand the current state of evidence for probiotics to manage some health conditions are sometimes frustrated with the slow pace of incorporation of probiotic interventions into medical practice. Although evidence for some indications is limited based on quality … Continue reading

Interest in Postbiotics is Growing

Interest in postbiotics is growing. Postbiotics are non-viable probiotic organisms or cellular components thereof that exert beneficial effects on health or well-being (Shortt 1999). The key distinction between a postbiotic and a probiotic is that a probiotic must be a … Continue reading