Media ReleaseFrom: New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA)
- Probiotics have a number of reported health benefits ranging from improvement of intestinal health and function, to immune support.
- Probiotic products include a range of bacterial species and each has unique health benefits as they interact with our bodies uniquely.
- Probiotic strains need to be treated independently and cannot be compared unless investigated in a standardised way
- We recommend that probiotic trials communicate findings through consistent labelling and data reporting
- Analysis of probiotics in a standardised way would enable development of data bank containing health benefits and information on products available in NZ; this would be a straightforward approach for health care professionals and consumers to make decisions on probiotic products
Probiotics available in New Zealand have a range of reported health benefits, and it can be difficult for consumers and healthcare professionals to compare efficacy of different products. Probiotic products contain a variety of bacterial species and strains that interact with our bodies in unique ways and provide different health benefits, and it is important to acknowledge that these strains cannot be compared unless tested in standardised way. Development of an online resource that collates and translates the scientific literature on probiotics into easy-to-understand clinically relevant information would help consumers and healthcare professionals compare probiotic products and make informed decisions.