Probiotics: Their Potential to Impact Human Health


Task Force Chair

Mary Ellen Sanders

Task Force Author(s)

Glenn Gibson
Harsharnjit Gill
Francisco Guarner

Task Force Reviewers

Stanley Gilliland
Todd Klaenhammer
Gregor Reid
Harold Swaisgood
Gerald Tannock

Task Force Board Liaison

Harold Swaisgood
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Controlled human studies have revealed a diverse range of health benefits from consumption of probiotics, due largely to their impact on immune function or on microbes colonizing the body.This publication reviews the literature on probiotics, describes the characteristics of probiotics, discusses the microbes that colonize the human body, and explains how probiotics can treat and prevent disease.The paper also addresses safety issues of probiotic use, suggests future developments, and provides research and policy recommendations.Chair: Mary Ellen Sanders, Dairy and Food Culture Technologies, Centennial, Colorado. IP 36, October 2007, 20 pp., FREE. Available online ( AND in print (515-292-2125; fee for shipping/handling).


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