Probiotics may protect against autoimmune disease

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by tansy, Oct 16, 2005.

  1. tansy

    tansy New Member

    Breaking News on Supplements & Nutrition - North America

    Probiotics increase protection against autoimmune disease
    By Dominique Patton

    10/12/2005- Probiotic bacteria could not only help fight viruses but
    they may also protect against autoimmune diseases like diabetes, says
    Swedish probiotics firm Probi.

    The company has new results from a clinical trial that showed higher
    numbers of different types of white blood cells after subjects had
    consumed probiotics.

    One of Probi's bacteria, not yet on the market, increased white blood
    cells that have previously been linked to the protection against type
    1 diabetes.

    "It's difficult to say how much this would do for a patient at this
    stage," said Per Bengtsson, the firm's chief executive.

    But he added that the results could have an important role in future
    research into diseases in which the immune system attacks the body,
    such as diabetes, MS and rheumatism.

    Further, the findings show "for the first time that you can get
    differential effects on the immune system by eating certain bacteria,"
    Bengtsson told

    The findings were reported at the European Conference on Probiotics
    and their Application in Krakow, Poland last weekend.

    In another arm of the trial, carried out on 59 healthy people at the
    Sahlgrenska Hospital in Göteborg, Sweden, the volunteers consumed a
    strain of Lactobacillus plantarum for five weeks.

    The researchers saw a significant increase in white blood cells known
    to fight disease, including CD4+ and CD8.

    "These are markers of how healthy your immune system is," said Bengtsson.

    "Since the results are obvious in healthy people, you would imagine
    that they could be quite significant in people who are ill," he added.

    The study is the first clinical trial funded by Probi to investigate
    effects on the immune system. The firm is planning to present the
    results to Danone, already working with Probi on a product for gut health.

    It will also approach clinical nutrition companies, said Bengtsson.

    Source: Nutra Ingredients USA Newsletter [This Message was Edited on 10/16/2005]
  2. jaltair

    jaltair New Member

    We've known a long time that yogurt put back the good bacteria that are sometimes removed by antibiotics, and as a nurse, I would always recommend "real" yogurt to those who took antibiotics.

    One of my favorite ways to take yogurt is to put it in whole grain cereals. I add fruit, stir, and have a wonderful breakfast that keeps me full until lunch and sometimes beyond (on busy days).

    I know that since I started taking / eating yogurt regularly, my IBS has drastically improved.

    Yogurt is a definite recommend to those who are on this Board and who are on antibiotics or who have IBS. It would be good for most people actually unless one is lactose intolerant.
  3. Rosiebud

    Rosiebud New Member

    is helping, is actually doing a good job for you.

    Thanks again Tansy.


  4. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I've been touting the benefits of probiotics for years here. It's nice to see validation of this. What is so sad is that most docs never mention taking them either as a preventive measure or with antibiotics. While eating yogurt is a good thing, typically it falls way short of the numbers and types of bacteria in good probiotics.

    Thanks for sharing this.

    Love, Mikie

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