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Health benefits of probiotics: are mixtures more effective than single strains?

Chapman, C. M. C., Gibson, G. R. and Rowland, I. (2011) Health benefits of probiotics: are mixtures more effective than single strains? European Journal of Nutrition, 50 (1). pp. 1-17. ISSN 1436-6215

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To link to this article DOI: 10.1007/s00394-010-0166-z

Abstract/Summary

Probiotic mixtures appear to be effective against a wide range of end points. Based on a limited number of studies, multi-strain probiotics appear to show greater efficacy than single strains, including strains that are components of the mixtures themselves. However, whether this is due to synergistic interactions between strains or a consequence of the higher probiotic dose used in some studies is at present unclear.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences > Human Nutrition Research Group
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research (ICMR)
ID Code:20917
Publisher:Springer

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