Probiotic Health–not all the same

Probiotics-not just for the GI tractProbiotics-not just for the GI tract 

Probiotics are live microorganisms that, when administered in

adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host. The
biologic effects of individual probiotics vary and each should
be rigorously evaluated in a controlled fashion to define potential
clinical utility. The mechanisms of action vary from probiotic to pro-
biotic. Many probiotics help balance the intestinal microflora. Some
can inhibit replication of pathogenic bacteria by binding with the
organism, producing inhibitory substances, and competing for es-
sential nutrients or receptor sites. Some probiotics can also benefi-
cially influence systemic innate and acquired immunity by inducing
cytokine production and natural killer cell activity as well as gener-
ating specific and nonspecific immunoglobulin production.  read more…

 

Michael R. Lappin,
DVM, PhD, DACVIM