Author(s): Senthil R, Arulkanna P
The interaction of the gastrointestinal microflora with the human host has been the subject of considerable debate in the last decade. Manipulation of the enteric microflora with probiotic organisms has been attempted in a wide range of clinical settings, in the hope of achieving health benefits in the host. Probiotics are the health enhancing the functional food ingredients used therapeutically to prevent diarrhea and enhances immune system. They may also have potential to prevent allergy, indigestion, lower serum cholesterol. This review focuses information regarding the probiotics and their proposed uses.