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Tsuji H et al (2014) Maintenance of healthy intestinal microbiota in women who regularly consume probiotics

Tsuji H et al (2014) Maintenance of healthy intestinal microbiota in women who regularly consume probiotics

Citation

Tsuji H, Chonan O, Suyama Y, Kado Y, Nomoto K, Nanno M, Ishikawa F (2014) Maintenance of healthy intestinal microbiota in women who regularly consume probiotics. International Journal of Probiotics & Prebiotics 9(1/2):31-38.

Objective

To investigate and compare the intestinal microbiota of people regularly taking probiotics (Lactobacillus casei Shirota  (LcS) and Bifidobacterium breve Yakult (BbY)).

Methods

The study was conducted in Japan and investigated faecal samples from 189 people: 91 were staff of a probiotic company (Yakult) and 98 were women from the general public who did not regularly consume probiotics. All subjects completed a questionnaire on their bowel habits.

Results

The stools of the group taking probiotics were significantly softer compared to the group who were not taking probiotics. The frequency of detection of the probiotic strains was higher for those from the probiotic company. For the probiotic group, faecal bacterial counts were higher for Bifidobacterium, Clostridium coccoides group, Bacteroides fragilis group, Enterococcus and Lactobacillus. Conversely, counts of Prevotella, Staphylococcus and Clostridium perfringens were significantly lower.

Conclusions

Regular intake of these probiotics was associated with improved intestinal microbiota and stool consistency. This is in line with findings from other studies with these probiotic strains.

 
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