Friday, February 15, 2013

Probiotic Supplement Species

"Probiotic supplements may contain 1 or more different species from genera including Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and Saccharomyces.5,15 Within the genus Lactobacillus, L reuteri is the most prevalent strain found in the human body.5 Supplements currently on the market may contain Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, reuteri, acidophilus, bulgaricus, and fermentum.5,15 Species of Bifidobacterium found in supplements include B longum, bifidum, breve, infanti, and lactis. S boulardii, which is a yeast, is the only species of Saccharomyces used in dietary supplements.5 Lactobacillus and Saccharomyces products are often recommended for antibiotic-associated diarrhea, and L rhamnosus GG is recommended for atopic dermatitis.5"

5Rollins C. Functional and meal replacement foods. In: Berardi R, Newton G, McDermott JH, et al, eds. Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs. 16th ed. Washington, DC: American Pharmacists Association; 2009:433-434.

15McQueen C. Nonbotanical natural medicines. In: Berardi R, Newton G, McDermott JH, et al, eds. Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs. 16th ed. Washington, DC: American Pharmacists Association; 2009:992.


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