There was a new study published in the May 29, 2008 issue of Nature , a science and medicine journal, which may point researchers and pharmaceutical companies in a new direction of how to treat IBD . Researchers from the California Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School teamed up to conduct a study using mice and one of the thousands of bacteria found in the mammalian gut. The researchers identified a potentially beneficial bacteria known as, Bacteroides fragilis which showed promise in restoring an immune system balance in the mice used in the study.
In the study, immune compromised mice who were identified to have a specific pathogen-free microbiotica, were administered a dose of Helicobacter hepaticus, an intestinal bacterium, and developed what the researchers called a "rip roaring" case of IBD. But, when the researchers combined B. fragilis with the Helicobacter the mice remained fine. Through further experimentation, researchers found that a particul...
What are probiotics, who should take them, and where do you
Interest in the reported health benefits of probiotics has
grown in the past decade, and researchers continue to investigate how the
supplements can treat or prevent specific illnesses. Probiotics are
well-recognized for their ability to calm bowel inflammation in certain diseases,
particularly viral diarrhea, and they're
also helpful in reducing the incidence of severe diarrhea in patients being
treated for cancer .
On the research front they are being evaluated for use
in a number of skin disorders, and a nimal
studies suggest probiotics may play a role in the prevention of cancer . But
the supplements are not universally beneficial, and they're not recommended for
all patients. Let's take a closer look at these tiny organisms and what they
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are defined as "live microbial food ingredients
that are beneficial to health." Lactobacilli and bifidobacteria are well ...
In the past years we've all heard about probiotics and how good they are for our health. But, this may be especially true for those of us who live with gut diseases such as Crohn's, ulcerative colitis, and Celiac disease.
I've been reading about and taking and eating foods that contain natural probiotics for more than 15 years now. And my own personal experience seems to be that the probiotics are helpful to my gut.
And according to an article that was recently pulsihed in The New York Times - http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/24/opinion/sunday/what-really-causes-celiac-disease.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 - making sure our guts are populated with the right balance of good and bad bacteria is paramount to not only helping keep our gut healthy, but may actually help to treat people who have Celiac disease and possibly IBD.
From my own experience, the best way to get your probiotics is by eating properly fermented yogurt and vegetables and taking a quality probiotic pi...
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