Probiotics and prebiotics in immune function in elderly.

Ibrahim, Fandi and Ouwehand, Arthur C. (2010) Probiotics and prebiotics in immune function in elderly. Other. Tekno Scienze Publisher.

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Abstract

ABSTRACT: The number and proportion of senior citizens is increasing in affluent countries. Although many people remain
relatively healthy at high age, old age will sooner or later lead to a reduction of physiological function. The immune system and
intestinal tract are among those organs which activity is reduced. Research suggests that there is maybe a correlation between
the two. Specific pre- and/or probiotics have been shown to influence the composition of the intestinal microbiota. In some
cases, this seems to correlate with improvements in immune function in elderly. A causal relationship remains, however, to be
documented. Microbiota changes as such, usually increases in faecal levels of bifidobacteria, are no guarantee for improved
immune or other bodily functions.

Item Type: Monograph (Other)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Probiotics; Prebiotics
Subjects: Q Science > QR Microbiology > QR180 Immunology
Divisions: Faculty of Health & Science > Department of Science & Technology
Depositing User: Kristina Hearnden
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2015 08:33
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2017 09:12
URI: http://oars.uos.ac.uk/id/eprint/57

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