Introduction: Probiotic based food products have become very popular nowadays
throughout the world. Due to the steep rise in scientific evidences pointing towards the positive
health benefits to humans and animals; probiotic microorganisms are being manufactured
by the food manufactures in a range of market products. As per today’s era, traditional
foods are being anticipated as a delivery vehicle for probiotics and nutraceuticals. These traditional
food products are supposed to alter the gut microbial composition, thus leading to
improved gut health. Worldwide market of probiotics based food products is increasing exponentially
due to the increased interest of consumers towards traditional home remedies.
Materials and Methods: The traditional products with therapeutic value and having probiotic
characteristics have been searched from various research and reviews article from
Ayurveda texts (like Charak samhita, Sushuruta Samhita, Bhavparkasha Nighantu etc) and
Internet sources such as Pubmed, Google scholar, scopus etc.
Results: Though key research developments are going on in the field of probiotic microbes,
the use of these in food and pharmaceuticals is a major challenge for both the industry and
science sectors. This article summarizes traditionally used probiotics product along with
market value, current status, associated health/nutritional claims and potential applications of
probiotics for health care professionals and common man. Moreover, this manuscript has
highlighted the use of traditional probiotics strain as today’s medicines.
Conclusion: In light of ongoing market trends strengthened with presence of the strong scientific
evidences for associating health benefits of these probiotic products, there is a need to
conduct studies to designate their quality, safety and efficacy. Furthermore, scientific substantiation
with supportive evidences of clinical trials is required to be carried out to use
probiotics based traditional medical therapy in a safe and judicious manner.