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Quick Friday Note: Probiotics And IBD

June 15, 2007

This information comes from a March 2007 Journal of Nutrition article titled Probiotic Effects on Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

The beneficial effects of probiotics on IBD include:

  1. Maintenance of intestinal homeostasis [maintaining a healty balance of gut flora]
  2. Competitive exclusion of pathogens [keeping out harmful bacteria/pathogens]
  3. Production of antimicrobial compounds
  4. Promotion of the gut barrier function [stopping intestinal permeability/leaky gut]
  5. Immune modulation ["crosstalk" involving intestinal bacteria regulates the inflammatory response]

More on this next week . . . the last few years of research are increasingly showing the critical role of intestinal bacteria in understanding/treating IBD.