Pig study with probiotics may benefit humans
Irish scientists report that a combination of five
probiotic strains may reduce food poisoning by Salmonella, if results of their
pig study can be translated to humans.
The new research, carried out by scientists of University College, Cork,
divided 15 weaned pigs and fed them milk supplemented with a mixture of five
probiotic strains (two strains of Lactobacillus
and one strain each of Lactobacillus salivarius
, Lactobacillus pentosus
placebo (regular milk) for 30 days.
After six days of the probiotics, the pigs were given an oral dose of
serovar Typhimurium. The health and microbiology of the faeces were
monitored for 23 days.
receiving probiotics showed reduced incidence, severity, and duration of
diarrhoea as well as significantly lower numbers of Salmonella
samples 15 days post
the researchers. The probiotic milk group also gained more weight than the
control pigs, they said.
Although the potential of the probiotic
strains are there, further research is needed, particularly on whether similar
positive results are obtainable in human subjects.
â€¢ AllAbout Probiotics
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