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Probiotic: your friendly gut bacteria


Abd Manap, Mohd Yazid (2008) Probiotic: your friendly gut bacteria. [Inaugural Lecture]


The functional food concept has in recent years, moved progressively towards the development of dietary supplements that may stimulate gut microbial composition and activities. The rationale behind these advances is consequent to the realization that gut microflora has profound influence on the host’s health. The human gastrointestinal tract (GIT) represents an ecosystem of the highest complexity and is very dynamic in composition. The micro biota exists in a commensal, symbiotic or an antagonist microbial relationship. Among more than 400 species of bacteria present in the GIT of an adult human being, bifidobacteria and lactobacillus are considered to be the most beneficial to human health. Members of these genera are thought to enhance digestion, adsorption of nutrients, prevention of colonization by pathogens, decreasing serum cholesterol and stimulation of immune responses. The ability of these bifidobacteria and lactobacilli to ferment non-digestible oligosaccharides may be an important characteristic which enables them to establish themselves in the colon. Studies were undertaken by researchers in our laboratory to elucidate the probiotic characteristics and effects of the bifidobacteria species isolated from the human GIT and to propose screening, cultivation and preservation and delivery techniques for this bacterium.

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Item Type: Inaugural Lecture
Call Number: LG173 S45S981 no.111
Divisions: Faculty of Food Science and Technology
Publisher: Universiti Putra Malaysia Press
Keywords: Probiotics; Dietry supplements; Microorganisms
Depositing User: Umikalthom Abdullah
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2015 04:29
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2015 06:47
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/18224
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