Probiotic: A “friendly” bacteria for healthy life

The Heart claimed “I should be the one because I pump blood and circulate oxygen, without me you’d all be dead”.

Me, of course”, counter the Brain, “I control and monitor all body’s systems, without me nothing moves”.

“Hey! excuse me a moment,” exclaimed the Stomach, “I process food and provide you the energy”.


“Wait! let me be,” says the Rectum, “as I ‘am responsible for waste removal. Without good bacteria and good probiotic living on my wall, you will suffer infectious diarrhea, constipation and ulcerative colitis”

Every body parts laughed at the Rectum and disparaged him. What is the joke about the health benefits of probiotic?

Upset by the insults, Rectum shut down his operation of detoxification and closed the intestinal colon for waste and removal.

A few days later, Brain had terrible headache, Stomach was bloating and the blood need a detox.

Eventually the other organs gave in. Now, it seems they understood the health benefits of probiotic.

The Rectum may seem insignificant, but the fact it can collaborate with beneficial probiotic, good sources of probiotic and gut flora, was able to bring such great and health benefits.

The Probiotic team of FSG was established in 2012. In less than a year, the team has grown up progressively. There are 7 postgraduate and 6 undergraduate students who are currently working in the probiotic research. Isolation and characterization of newly discovered potential local probiotic from various sources (meconium, breast and formulated fed infant feces, fermented food, milk produced by ruminants and etc) is among the scope within the core research area. Identifying the characterized at strains level is carrying out by employing polyphasic approach (using conventional and molecular taxonomy). The other scopes of research area embark by the group are in vitro studies of newly potential probiotic strains involving capacity for adhering to gut cells using intestinal Caco-2 cells, understanding the attachment activity by identifying the surface protein associated proteins involved, the ability to reduce cholesterol and produce H2O2, tolerance to bile salts and gastric juice. Besides, microencapsulation of probiotic strains is also covered to study the release activity of the strains under simulated gastric and intestinal conditions.

Contact : Dr Khalilah binti Abdul Khalil


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