Guide to Alternative Medicine and the Digestive System

Anil Minocha, MD FACP FACG

Chapter 7: Role of Probiotics in Health Maintenance (continued)

KEY POINTS All probiotics are not the same, and the beneficial effects are strain specific. Probiotic administration can play an important role in health maintenance and the prevention of disease.1 Use of multistrain probiotic formulations is likely to be superior to single-strain formulations. Despite widespread use, reports of side effects related to probiotics have been exceedingly rare.2 Roman historian Plinio promoted the use of fermented milk for GI infections. In recent decades, increasing attention has focused on the role of probiotics in…