Abstract

Probiotic products in various formulations are widely used world-wide for a seemingly limitless range of indications––from health maintenance to the alleviation of common intestinal ailments and on to the prevention and treatment of a variety of gastrointestinal diseases and disorders. The profusion of probiotic preparations, together with a very different regulatory climate compared to that which surrounds drugs and devices, leaves the consumer and the health care professional alike bewildered. How can they tell which products truly are what they claim to be? Which probiotics should be chosen for a particular clinical situation? These questions are thrown into stark relief when one evaluates the literature on probiotics in irritable bowel syndrome. To provide some guidance the current probiotic landscape is reviewed and some achievable steps to help bring light to a murky environment are proposed. The goal is to promote verifiable quality control and generate actionable evidence from well-conducted clinical trials of probiotic products in irritable bowel syndrome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)204-211
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2022

Keywords

  • Clinical trials
  • Genomics
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Microbiome
  • Probiotic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Gastroenterology

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