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...
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...
Reprinted with permission from Amy Tenderich of www.diabetesmine.com.
From the Who-Knew? File:
Here I've been scoffing at these yogurt companies for pitching me on reviewing their products that are supposedly oh-so-good for people with diabetes (sneer). But now I discover that there really is such thing as a "super-yogurt culture" used to treat everything from diabetes to diarrhea -- that's starting to show up in lots of products on ordinary supermarket shelves.
Yes, these " probiotic products " (mostly dairy foods and dietary supplements) contain a "good bacteria" that doctors have apparently been long recommending to counter the effects of antibiotics, which kill your good bacteria along with the bad.
I know that my doctor, for one, has long been harping on the fact that everyone can benefit from consuming live yogurt cultures, which supplement the microbes found in your gastrointestinal system (i.e. give you healthy intestines).
What I didn't know was that clinical studies have...
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