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S ARAH S AROSDY NTR 307 Due: Monday, November 15, 2010 D ISCUSSION QUESTIONS 3 – P ROBIOTICS REBIOTICS 1. Research supports that probiotics can benefit human health. Generally healthy people may take probiotics to help them remain healthy because probiotics are suggested to enhance immune systems and reduce illnesses. People with specific health concerns may also benefit from taking probiotics as a way to improve their health. Some of the purported health benefits of probiotics reported in scientific literature are: -Shortening the duration of intestinal infections, such as diarrhea, in infants and reducing the frequency that these infections occur. -Better gastrointestinal tolerance during antibiotic therapy -Improved digestion, elimination, and overall colonic health -Prolonged remission of pouchitis in patients -Control of systems associated with lactose intolerance, reducing allergic response -A more efficient immune response to pathogens Probiotics have been shown to have a positive influence on colonic health, immune development, and resistance to infection. Research has not flagged any negative health risks associated with taking probiotics, other than to suggest that patients recovering from surgery are more susceptible to infection and thus should not take probiotics unless under a doctor’s order. 2. It has been scientifically proven that some foods with some probiotics, commonly known as "good" bacteria, can help people with some health problems. Yet, many manufactures of
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probiotic products abuse this statement. They over exaggerate how their products can stop gas, constipation, bloating, and diarrhea. They put “claims” on the package indicating that the product can help one feel more energetic and even slimmer, and can protect one from catching colds. They will put anything on the package to encourage the consumer to purchase the product. Many of their claims are not documented by impartial scientific research funded outside of the
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