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Interest Surging in Probiotic Foods that Promote Health
Date:5/27/2009

called "good" bacteria because they can provide health benefits when provided in the right amounts. Probiotics have been clinically shown to be effective in the prevention and treatment of certain gastrointestinal disorders, respiratory infections, and allergic conditions. New research continues to emerge demonstrating their positive impact on health in all ages and in optimizing immune system function.

Dr. Mary Ellen Sanders described the vital role that bacteria play in our bodies. "Bacteria colonizing our bodies are numerous and vital. They outnumber our own cells 10-fold and are known to play critical roles in immune system development, maturation of intestinal cells and providing important metabolic functions that we can't do for ourselves. Probiotics can enhance these normal, beneficial activities of our colonizing microbes and have been shown to promote health in a variety of ways," she said.

There are numerous different probiotic foods and supplements available in the US market today. Probiotics are used worldwide and the US and European probiotic markets are expected to expand as more people become educated on their health benefits.

The program was made possible by an unrestricted educational grant provided by The Dannon Company, Inc. and Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd.

For more information on probiotics, visit www.probioticscenter.com.

A Web cast of the symposium will be made available at www.aapa.org.

Dannon and Yakult Continue to Advocate and Lead Probiotic Research and Education

In March 2004, Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd. and Danone, the parent company of The Dannon Company, jointly established the Global Probiotics Council. The role of the GPC is to promote and advance probiotics in the world by raising public aw
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