I have written many article in the past about the use of probiotics in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Up to this point there was not a lot of information specific to their use in IBD but they were often prescribed in a "well, it couldn't hurt to try it" sort of way.
Less than a year ago I attended a webcast during which time I was able to ask several of the top doctors in IBD about probiotics. They seemed to think that in the future there would be specific probiotics designed to treat specific diseases. At the time it sounded like this treatment would be a long was off but recent research proves promising.
Researchers at Northwestern medicine deleted a gene in the probiotic Lactobacillus acidophilus and fed it to two groups of mice with different forms of colitis. All of the mice saw a regression of symptoms. The probiotic almost completely eliminated the inflammation in the colon and stopped the progression of the colitis by 95 percent. The researchers theorized that this ...
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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