Saccharomyces Boulardii

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Saccharomyces boulardii, or S. boulardii, is an important probiotic that can recolonize and sustain flora in the large and small intestine. Probiotics, as defined by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, are "live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host." (1) S. boulardii is a strain of yeast, first discovered in 1920 by French biologist Henri Boulard while in southeast Asia. Boulard's purpose for traveling to the area was to look for a strain of yeast that would be particularly heat-resistant for the production of wine. A cholera outbreak occurred...

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