The use of probiotics to help manage changes in the gut as people age
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The use of probiotics to help manage changes in the gut as people age

Mayur R Joshi Medical advisor, Probiotics International Ltd Technical, Lopen Head, Somerset
Natalie Lamb Technical adviser, Probiotics International Ltd Technical, Lopen Head, Somerset

The aim of this article is to help readers understand the changes that occur in gastrointestinal bacterial population, or microflora, as people age, how these changes affect health and nutrition, and how probiotic supplements can help manage them. The authors conclude that, although more work is needed to determine the properties of specific strains and formulations, there is sufficient evidence to warrant further research and support the regular use of probiotics, providing that the potential risks are assessed beforehand.

Primary Health Care. 24, 8,35-41. doi: 10.7748/phc.24.8.35.e835

Correspondence

mayur@protexin.com

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

Both authors are employees of Probiotics International Ltd, a manufacturer of probiotic products

Received: 08 October 2013

Accepted: 24 March 2014