Beneficial properties of probiotic yeast Saccharomyces boulardii

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Tomičić Zorica M. ; Čolović Radmilo R. ; Čabarkapa Ivana S. ; Vukmirović Đuro M. ; Đuragić Olivera M. ; Tomičić Ružica M. (2016)
  • Publisher: Institute for Food Technology, Novi Sad
  • Journal: Food and Feed Research (issn: 2217-5369, eissn: 2217-5660)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.5937/FFR1602103T
  • Subject: Saccharomyces boulardii | efficacy | safety | probiotic | Food processing and manufacture | TP368-456

Saccharomyces boulardii is unique probiotic and biotherapeutic yeast, known to survive in gastric acidity and it is not adversely affected or inhibited by antibiotics or does not alter or adversely affect the normal microbiota. S. boulardii has been utilized worldwide as a probiotic supplement to support gastrointestinal health. The multiple mechanisms of action of S. boulardii and its properties may explain its efficacy and beneficial effects in acute and chronic gastrointestinal diseases that have been confirmed by clinical trials. Caution should be taken in patients with risk factors for adverse events. Its potential application in various dairy foods could offer an alternative probiotic product to people suffering from antibiotic-associated diarrhea. This review discusses the evidence for efficacy and safety of S. boulardii as a probiotic for the prevention and therapy of gastrointestinal disorders in humans.
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