Probiotics: Composite of the Latin preposition pro (“for”) and the Greek adjective βιωτικός (biotic), the latter deriving from the noun βίος (bios, “life”).
They are live microorganisms thought to be beneficial to the host organism.
According to the currently adopted definition by FAO/WHO, probiotics are: “Live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host”.
Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) and bifidobacteria are the most common types of microbes used as probiotics; but certain yeasts and bacilli may also be helpful. Probiotics are commonly consumed as part of fermented foods with specially added active live cultures; such as in yogurt, soy yogurt, or as dietary supplements.
So, are you:
- Aged between 18 and 70 years, healthy and a non-smoker?
- Able to attend the CSIRO Clinical Research Unit on Kintore Ave in the city on four occasions over seven weeks, and prepared to change/monitor your diet for part of this time?
- Enjoy a healthy diet and have a stable body weight?
If this sounds like you, and you do not regularly consume probiotic supplements or foods containing probiotics, we would love to hear from you.
For further information, call 08 8303 8863, or email: Vanessa.Courage@csiro.au
You will be given a $250 gift voucher in recognition of completing the study.
To register your interest for other studies, please visit the CSIRO Nutrition Trials page HERE.
25th February 2012 at 6:42 am
Haha, I hope you guys get enough “guniea pigs” for your study, Probiotics are great and it is great people are now discovering the many health benefits.
2nd March 2012 at 10:31 am
Even though they are referred to as that, the study they are doing for probiotics is extremely important. Probiotics are a very important form of bacteria and it will be interesting to see all the new research that comes out on the subject in a few years.