A blend of fundamental and applied research related to their use, this volume looks at how probiotics can enhance human health. The book covers all aspects of intestinal microflora and offers a comprehensive review of the broad array of effects that can be attributed to probiotic usage.
While the focus remains on the latest and most exciting findings in the field of gut health, this book also opens a window to the possible role of probiotics beyond the gut, such as in oral health care, allergic disorders and women's health. The book also reviews pertinent legislation regulating the use of probiotics across the globe with special emphasis on Japan, a country that pioneered the establishment of a regulatory framework for functional foods.
Each chapter summarizes a topic, reviews current research, and discusses future direction. Most of the references that have been cited in the book chapters are recent. The methods applied make use of modern methodologies and good controls, and apply rational explanations for the probiotic benefits.
Table of Contents
Probiotic foods today and the future: where science and commerce need to meet, Gregor Reid
Probiotics—Guidelines, Regulations and Health Claims, B. Sesikeran
Legislation of Probiotic Fermented Milk Drinks—An Important Functional Food in Asia, Akiyoshi Hosono
"FOSHU" Japanese Regulations for Probiotics Foods, Osamu Chonan
Probiotics: A Pharmacologist's Perspective: S.D. Seth
Host—Microbe interactions in the gut: A Microbiologists perspective, R. Chaudhary
Probiotics and Intestinal Defensins: Augmenting the first line of defence in Gastrointestinal Immunity, Dipankar Ghosh
Toward the identification of gut microbial markers associated to Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Raish Oozeer
Probiotics and their role in reducing allergic disorder, S.K. Kabra
Oral Microflora, Oral Health & Probiotics, M. Verma
Probiotics and women's health, Indrani Ganguli
"Each chapter thus offers an insight of the topic, reviews current research, and discusses future direction. The references cited are very recent. Methodologies are quite explicit, and the explanations are rational. This book is an asset for clinical dietitians, researchers, medical practitioners, and functional food manufacturers."
—ITHAYAMALAR, Indian Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2013. 50, 256