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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