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6.  Celiac Disease

Research published in the Scandinavian Journal of Immunology showed a significant improvement in immune-system markers in animals with celiac disease—an immune system disorder in which an individual is unable to digest gluten and/or gliadin, common components of many grains.  Probiotic supplementation may aid in the treatment and management of celiac disease.

7.  Rheumatoid Arthritis

Probiotic supplementation resulted in functional improvements in people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, according to scientists at the University of Western Ontario, Canada.  Published in the June 2011 edition of the Medical Science Monitor, improved function was observed in participants within three months.

8.  Breast Milk Nutrition

Scientists at the University of Turku, Finland published research in the European Journal of Nutrition that indicated improved nutritional quality in the breast milk of women who supplemented their diet with the probiotics Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Bifidobacterium lactis and canola oil.

9.  Anti-Viral Activity

Scientists at Sapienza University, Italy, found that the bacteria Lactobacillus brevis showed significant anti-viral activity against the herpes simplex type 2 virus.  Their research was published in the May 2011 journal Anaerobe.

10.  Anti-Aging Effects

Lactobacilli and bifidobacteria can also act as antioxidants in the body.  Antioxidants are substances that reduce free radical damage in the body.  Free radicals are highly reactive molecules that result from normal metabolic processes, harmful toxins, and other substances. They cause damage to otherwise healthy tissue in the body, depending on where they are found. Free radicals cause oxidative stress and have been linked to virtually all diseases and the aging process. They speed up aging and disease.

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4:05PM PDT on Sep 12, 2011

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7:56AM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

very interesting.thanks.

8:07PM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

Thank you for posting!

1:50AM PDT on Jun 18, 2011

Those who don't "use" their immune system because they're "too clean" actually have a diminished system. Just like your brain, use it or lose it.

12:11PM PDT on Jun 16, 2011


11:31AM PDT on Jun 16, 2011

Very interesting!

1:26PM PDT on Jun 15, 2011

great thanks for this

8:30AM PDT on Jun 15, 2011


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