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The Classification of Saccharomyces boulardii

Saccharomyces boulardii is a totally unique live culture as it's the only probiotic yeast. S. boulardii takes its name from Henri Boulard who discovered the yeast in South East Asia in 1923 upon the skins of lychee fruit. This article looks in more depth at the subsequent taxonomic classification.

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The Probiotics Database

This is a non-commercial project, and is intended as an informative, educational tool and resource for healthcare professionals, health journalists and those with a particular interest in probiotics.

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The Uses of Prebiotics

In 1995, Gibson and Roberfroid coined the concept of prebiotics (head over to the Probiotics Learning Lab to find out more about prebiotics) in these words: “Non digestible oligosaccharides in general and fructo-oligosaccharides in particular, are prebiotics.”

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Recent Blog Posts

New study suggests a role for gut bacteria in mental health

There has been a huge level of interest in the ‘Gut Brain Axis’ (read more over in the Probiotics Learning Lab) recently, and the way that our gut can send messages to our brain, and vice versa....

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Probiotics for Immunity – a Look at the Research

Immunity (see Probiotics Learning Lab for glossary terms) is a vital function of the human body for the maintenance of good health. One of the most startling revelations to emerge over the past...

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The surprising link between alopecia and the gut

It has been suggested that probiotics could help in the treatment of alopecia areata. This theory was explored a couple of years ago by the Channel 4 TV programme ‘The Food Hospital’, in which a...

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Our response to recent study on probiotics

Last week a study was released in the press, including in the Daily Mail, Telegraph and Times, claiming that probiotic drinks and supplements are 'unlikely to have any health benefits'. The stud...

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How many strains is ideal in a probiotic supplement?

Probiotic supplements containing more than one strain of bacteria are commonly referred to as 'multi-strain' supplements, or sometimes as 'poly-strain' or 'polybiotics'. Generally speaking...

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Could probiotics help with weight loss?

As a healthcare practitioner, you may already be aware that obesity levels have been rising exponentially for many years, causing both physical and emotional problems for those affected, whilst ...

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Can diabetics take probiotics?

No evidence exists to suggest that people with diabetes should not take probiotics. Diabetes is an auto-immune disease that compromises the body's production of insulin. Type one diabetes ...

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