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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 18-22

A study to find the status of probiotics in New Delhi, India and review of strains of bacteria used as probiotics


1 Department of Pedodontics, Teerthankar Mahaveer Dental College and Hospital, Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Prosthodontics, Goenka Research Institute of Dental Sciences, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India
3 Department of Prosthodontics, Maharaja Ganga Singh Dental College and Research Center, Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan, India
4 Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Maharaja Ganga Singh Dental College and Research Center, Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan, India
5 Department of Orthodontics Practitioner, Denta Zone, Lucknow, India
6 Department of Periodontics, Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha Dental College, Ludhiana, Punjab, India

Correspondence Address:
Navneet Singh Kathuria
Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Maharaja Ganga Singh Dental College and Research Center, Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2231-0762.144570

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Context: Probiotics are living microorganisms, principally bacteria, that are safe for human consumption and, when ingested in sufficient quantities, have beneficial effects on human health, beyond basic nutrition. However, in India people are not aware of their benefits and availability. Aims: To find status of probiotics in India and to assess the awareness regarding probiotics among chemists in New Delhi, India. Settings and Design: A cross-sectional survey was conducted among 300 chemist shops in different areas of New Delhi, India. Materials and Methods: Data were collected through a structured questionnaire, which was responded by the chemist in the course of a telephonic interview. The questionnaire addressed on the availability of probiotic products at their chemist shop. Statistical Analysis Used: The data so gathered were subjected for descriptive analysis using t test. Results: As per availability of probiotic products, total of 25 probiotic products were available at different chemist shops. None of the chemist shop had all the 25 products available. 10% shops had 75% products available and there were 5% such shops which didn't have any of the products available. Conclusion: Efforts should be made to increase the awareness among chemists about the probiotic products.


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