Probiotics and their Role in Health and Disease


Yusuf Olsen (Editor)

Series: Gastroenterology Research and Clinical Developments

BISAC: MED031000

Probiotics are live microorganisms that, when consumed, can provide health benefits, generally by improving or restoring the gut flora. As probiotics have become increasingly popular in recent years, it is important for consumers and clinicians to understand the details of the potential health effects of these supplements. Chapter 1 focuses on the relationship between different types of milk, the growth of probiotics, and relevant characteristics regarding viability, the quality of the dairy product, and the production of undesirable components. Chapter 2 summarizes studies on the probiotic impact of functional foods on the immune system and analyzes the future of the probiotic functional food market. Chapter 3 describes pathways and mechanisms through which probiotics may improve hypothyroidism and its complications. Chapter 4 presents a literature review of intestinal microbiota and bone health and discusses the effectiveness of probiotics in the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis. Chapter 5 presents an FTIR analysis of protein/peptide-based biopolymers used for probiotic encapsulation. Lastly, Chapter 6 collates experimental studies on probiotics with ameliorative effects on arsenic toxicity.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Influence of Milk from Different Species on Probiotics Growth and the Health Effects of Consuming Dairy Probiotic Food
(Bruna S. S. Rekowsky, Joselene C. N. Nascimento, Madian J. G. Salgado, Anisio I. L. S. Rosario, Carlos A. Conte-Junior, Marion P. Costa – Laboratory of Inspection and Technology of Milk and Derivatives, School of Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnics of Veterinary, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Salvador, BA, Brazil)

Chapter 2. Probiotics in Functional Food: Impact on Immunity and Future Perspectives
(Tanja Krunic – Innovation centre Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia)

Chapter 3. Probiotic and Hypothyroidism
(Zohreh Sajadi Hezaveh1 and Farzad Shidfar – Cancer Research Center, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran, et al.)

Chapter 4. Osteoporosis and Probiotics
(Thaís Aguiar Santos, Jaqueline Lemes Ribeiro and Ana Lia Anbinder – Department of Biosciences and Oral Diagnosis, Institute of Science and Technology, UNESP – São Paulo State University, São José dos Campos, SP, Brazil)

Chapter 5. FTIR Analysis of Protein/Peptide-Based Biopolymer Used for Probiotic Encapsulation
(Tanja Krunic and Marica Rakin – Innovation centre Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia)

Chapter 6. Arsenic Toxicity and Its Remediation by Probiotics: An Upshot
(Sanjib Bhattacharya – West Bengal Medical Services Corporation Ltd., Salt Lake City, Kolkata, West Bengal, India)


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