An overview of probiotics and prebiotics
Gareth C Parkes Specialist registrar gastroenterology, Research Division, Department of Nutrition, King’s College London
This article reviews the origins and background of probiotics. Evidence for the potential mechanisms of probiotics and prebiotics, and their interactions with the gastrointestinal tract and the immune system are discussed. Evidence is examined for the use of probiotics to treat infantile diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease and atopic dermatitis.
Nursing Standard. 21, 20,43-47. doi: 10.7748/ns2007.01.21.20.43.c4510
Published in print: 24 January 2007Peer review
This article has been subject to double blind peer review