This article provides a review of the basic science and clinical evidence of the effectiveness of a few of the more commonly researched probiotics. They author found that although they have different mechanisms of action, each of the probiotics have the common ability to provide anti-inflammatory effects, antagonize competing undesirable microorganisms and are tissue protective of the intestinal lining. Given the importance of gastrointestinal health in overall vitality, I would highly recommend this journal article to any health care professional and to the interested lay person.
Dr. Elaine Petrof, MD is an assistant professor in the Queen’s University Department of Medicine in Ontario, Canada as part of the Gastrointestinal Diseases Research Unit. Dr. Petrof’s research interests focus on probiotics, microbial-epithelial cell interactions in the gut, and the effects of intestinal bacteria on inflammation.
Petrof, E. O. (2009). Probiotics and Gastrointestinal Disease: Clinical Evidence and Basic Science. Antiinflamm Antiallergy Agents Med Chem, 8(3), 260-269. doi: 10.2174/187152309789151977