Technical Review - Probiotics

Self-Directed CPD


Introduction

The human gut is home to an immense population of bacteria that play an important role in determining health due to their critical role in nutritional, immunological and other physiological functions. Some 100 trillion bacteria populate the human gut, a number that is 10 times greater than the number of cells in the human body. Thus because of the sheer size and importance of the gut bacteria, this microbial population can be viewed as a bacterial organ, present with a host organ (ie, the human gut).¹

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