Existing probiotic products backed by clinical testsby Martin Macouzet, Ph. D. on 06/17/13
Scientific studies have shown that probiotics could impart a series of health benefits to consumers. Based on this fact, many probiotic blends have been launched and a number of food processing companies have supplemented their products with probiotic microorganisms as a marketing strategy.
It is known, however; that the development of a probiotic product is not an easy task but it involves a good deal of expertise, an integrated approach and several levels of validation. Indeed, the positive health action of probiotics depends on different factors such as the microbial strain, dose of viable cells, composition of the delivery matrix and the physiological state of the consumer among other factors. Therefore, the potential health benefits of a probiotic product are uncertain if it has not been subjected to clinical tests in its final form. Moreover, the results of clinical tests represent very specific conditions that cannot be extrapolated to other circumstances. In fact, most clinical tests do not result in the approval of a health claim by regulation authorities.
Basically, approved health claims constitute just a guide for consumers but should not be regarded as universal criteria for the selection of probiotic products by health professionals, who can judge by themselves about the applicability of a product based on valid clinical tests.
This study works toward the identification of probiotic supplements or foods that are backed by published clinical tests, even if they have not been awarded an approved health claim. The analysis of the collected data will provide valuable information to support decision making of health practitioners and manufacturers of probitic products.
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