Module 5: Probiotics: A Popular and Unique Category of Dietary Supplements


While challenging the official definition of a “dietary supplement”, probiotics are some of the most popular products consumed as supplements worldwide. This module will explore the unique definitions, nomenclature, dosing and challenges in using probiotics as well as explain how they differ from commensal bacteria living in the human GI tract.

Educational Objectives

After completing this enduring material, participants should be able to:

  • Define “probiotic” and distinguish it from commensal organisms and other live organisms (i.e., fermented foods).
  • Discuss common species used as probiotic supplements.
  • Review the manufacturing challenges to create viable probiotic supplements.
  • Identify unique labeling issues related to probiotics.
  • Evaluate what makes various strains unique and the role their differences play therapeutically.
  • Describe issues related to the dosing and storage of probiotics.

Enduring Material Details

Released On: September 21, 2021

Expires On: September 20, 2024

Credit Available: Maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™