Survival through the gut: a key probiotic characteristic
Probiotics are defined as ‘live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit to the host’. All the words in this definition are important, starting with the first word ‘live’. Dead microorganisms are not probiotic. But another nuance to ‘live’ should be considered: bioavailability in the body.
This issue includes evidence of probiotic survival, studies including applications of probiotics in nursing homes and hospitals and shares some awards and events that the Yakult science team are involved with.