Probiotics in Health and Disease: New Research


Anastasia Roma (Editor)

Series: Digestive Diseases – Research and Clinical Developments
BISAC: HEA017000

In recent years, mass media has represented an important vehicle to develop the concept that everything we eat could have a positive or negative impact on our health; diet may modulate various physiological functions and may play destructive or beneficial roles in some diseases. On the other hand, numerous researchers support the concept that the maintenance of healthy gut microflora may provide protection against gastrointestinal disorders including infections and inflammatory bowel diseases. All of this information has increased the interest of consumers in their personal health and consequently toward healthy or organoleptic characteristic of foods.

Consumers demand foods having a “medicinal value” and able to prevent illness and to modulate the intestinal microflora using live adjuncts microorganisms called “probiotics”. The selection of probiotics is based on some general microbiological criteria such us safety, health benefits, technological and digestive stress survival, intestinal cell adhesion and human origin. This book provides information on how this is done; discusses the efficacy of probiotics in preventing and treating microbial infections; the relation of probiotics and gastrointestinal diseases; enterococci; and the role of probiotics on immune mediated disorders. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical )

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Selection of Promising Strains of Probiotics for Foods: Proposal for a Possible Flow-Chart with a Special Focus on the Dark Side of Probiotics (pp. 1-22)
Antonio Bevilacqua, Daniela Campaniello, Barbara Speranza, Milena Sinigaglia and Maria Rosaria Corbo (Department of the Science of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy)

Chapter 2 – Efficacy of Probiotics in the Prevention and Treatment of Microbial Infections (pp. 23-144)
Hanna Sikorska, Ph.D. and Wanda Smoragiewicz, Ph.D. (Montréal, Québec, Canada)

Chapter 3 – Probiotics in Gastrointestinal Tract and Related Diseases (pp. 145-168)
Cong Dai, Min Jiang and Ming-jun Sun (Department of Gastroenterology, First Affiliated Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, China)

Chapter 4 – Enterococci As Potential Probiotics: Properties and Application (pp. 169-190)
Lu-E Shi, Qiu-Yue Dong, Wei Zheng, Min Xu, Meng-Yan Chen, Dan-Ting Li, Bin-Feng Lv and Zhen-Xing Tang (College of Life and Environmental Sciences, Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, and others)

Chapter 5 – Protective Effect of Lactobacillus casei CRL 431 against Salmonella in a Mouse Model: Mechanisms Involved (pp. 191-210)
Natalia A. Castillo, Alejandra de Moreno de LeBlanc, Carolina Maldonado Galdeano and Gabriela Perdigón (Centro de Referencia para Lactobacilos (CERELA -CONICET), San Miguel de Tucumán, Tucumán – Argentina, and others)

Chapter 6 – Probiotics, Prebiotics and Gastrointestinal Disorders (pp. 211-244)
C. Senaka Ranadheera, P. H. P. Prasanna, Malshani Samaraweera and Janak K. Vidanarachchi (Department of Animal & Food Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, and others)

Chapter 7 – The Role of Probiotics on Immune Mediated Disorders (pp. 245-256)
Joshua J. Malago, Ph.D. (Sokoine University of Agriculture, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Pathology, Morogoro, Tanzania)


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