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Probiotic Bacteria

Fundamentals, Therapy and Technological Aspects

by J. Paulo Sousa e Silva and Ana C. Freitas

“This book offers readers an excellent opportunity to have a broad idea of the important characteristics of probiotic microorganisms, based on data from recent research. The text covers scientific aspects including the characterization of the microorganisms employed as probiotics, the physiology of the human body, and the result of their interaction on human health to arrive at foods that can be used as vehicles for probiotics, to develop pharmaceutical forms of probiotics, and to find out ways, such as immobilization and microencapsulation, to improve probiotic survival. The book gives a good overview of the worldwide-followed guidelines and regulations related to probiotics. It is a very well-written and scientifically based book, which will  certainly be useful for undergraduate and graduate students and professionals in health- and food-related areas.”

Prof. Susana Marta Isay Saad, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9789814411622
  • Subject: Microbiology and Virology
  • Published: April 2014
  • Pages: 320

The interest and research on probiotic microorganisms dates back to the early 20th century. The literature on this subject is vast and diverse and generally focuses on the beneficial aspects of probiotic microorganisms on the host. Stimulation of immune response, improvement of immunological barrier, higher resistance to microbial pathogens, or positive metabolic contribution are some of the benefits suggested by several studies performed with probiotics.

This book is a unique compilation of many of the technological aspects related to probiotics, not only in terms of delivery modes but also in terms of protection technologies, and includes their therapeutic and physiologic implications and benefits. The book provides a contemporary update and a holistic review of the topic and is designed to augment related books in the market. The editorial team comprises individuals with noteworthy and remarkable experience in the field of probiotic organisms.

The novelty of this book is that it focuses on the technological aspects of probiotic products without neglecting their therapeutic role, brings together the information needed for the successful development of probiotic products, and examines the international picture regarding regulatory issues.