I have modified the following table, which provides a shorthand summary of this review article on PREbiotics and PRObiotics. There was a typo on the entries which are now Hyperlipedemia and Hypercholesterolemia.
TABLE 1. Strength of the evidence for improvement of body functions by probiotics and prebiotics [Just scroll down and ignore all the white space I can’t seem to fix]
Strong (7, 33, 34)
Preliminary (8, 12, 35)
Preliminary (10, 29, 36)
No effect (37)
Hyperlipidemia(13, 31, 38, 39)
Strong (2, 16, 31)
Promising (21, 22)
[ * The typographical error in the original has been changed here.]
1 The classification of evidence
is the result of the evaluation, by the author [of the cited article], of the scientific data reviewed
in this article. It also relies on previous evaluations of the properties of
probiotics (28–30) and prebiotics (15, 31, 32).
The REVIEW ARTICLE source:
Prebiotics and probiotics: are they functional foods?1,2,3
Marcel B Roberfroid, in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 71, No. 6, 1682S-1687s, June 2000
© 2000 American Society for Clinical Nutrition
For the scientists who think this is too old an article–yes, as a review article it is too old. As a discussion of the issues that prevail in the discussions about PREbiotics and PRObiotics for management of IBS, it is useful.
Feel free to recommend something else, perhaps something you’ve worked on or used more recently. Also, if you can document changes in information for this table, let me know. I promise to produce updates, as well as any further tables, in HTML, next time.