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Probiotics and the Gastrointestinal Tract

Nigel Plummer PhD and Sue Plummer PhD

What is a probiotic?
For centuries living microorganisms, particularly lactic acid bacteria (producers of lactic acid from sugar) have been used in food preservation so there has been a long term awareness of the beneficial effects of microorganisms. However, the first reports of beneficial effects on human health linked to lactobacilli and bifidobacteria appeared in the late 19th/early 20th century (Tannock, 2003).

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