Probiotics are well known for their capacity to boost human health. The effectiveness of probiotics in helping to nurture good health may depend partially on the food, beverage, or other material which the product is in. The American Society for Microbiology reported on July 17, 2015, dairy products have been found to boost the effectiveness of probiotics.
Corresponding author Maria Marco, PhD, who is an associate professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of California at Davis, has said the findings from this study have indicated that the manner in which a probiotic is delivered, whether that is in food or supplement form, may influence how effective that probiotic is in nurturing the desired benefits for health. The researchers investigated the probiotic strain Lactobacillus casei BL23 in a mouse model of colitis, which is inflammation of the colon. There were decreased symptoms in the mice who consumed the probiotic in milk in comparison to those that were given milk without the probiotic and the ones who were given the probiotic in a nonfood supplement.
The researchers have said dairy products are the most popular food type for probiotic strains. Prior to this research the question of whether there is any difference if probiotics are consumed in dairy products rather than other foods or nutritional supplements had not been systematically or mechanistically investigated. The researchers thought that the conditions that probiotics are exposed to prior to being consumed might have an influence on their capacity to maintain or improve human health because of how bacteria can adapt to their surroundings.