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Probiotics Provide Vital Protection against Chronic Disease

By Michael Downey
Six Popular Probiotics And Their Specific Disease Benefits
Six Popular Probiotics And Their Specific Disease Benefits

Probiotic supplements have been studied for their effects on an array of disease pathways throughout the body. Although research tying specific probiotic strains and species to particular diseases is still in its infancy, scientists have identified a few disease-treatment benefits for six of the most studied probiotic species:16

Lactobacillus acidophilus

  • Reduced diarrhea and improved bowel function in cases of radiation-induced enteritis.
  • Increased HDL (good) cholesterol.
  • Improved markers for metabolic syndrome, inflammation, and heart disease.
  • Improved allergy-driven immune response.
  • Improved markers for ulcerative colitis and irritable bowel disease.
  • Increased control of blood sugar.17,34
  • Decreased the DNA damage that can trigger malignant cell development.18

Lactobacillus rhamnosus

  • Reduced diarrhea and improved bowel comfort in cases of radiation-induced enteritis.
  • Improved markers for metabolic syndrome, inflammation, and heart disease.
  • Reduced allergic response to milk in milk-sensitive patients.
  • Improved markers for ulcerative colitis, and irritable bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease.

Lactobacillus paracasei

  • Enhanced therapeutic management of Minimal Hepatic Encephalopathy (MHE).
  • Improved markers for metabolic syndrome, inflammation, and heart disease in elderly patients.
  • Improved markers for ulcerative colitis and irritable bowel disease.

Bifidobacterium lactis

  • Improved immune function in healthy, elderly individuals.
  • Greater weight gain and less gut inflammation in preterm infants.
  • Improved immune response and respiratory symptoms from birch pollen allergies in children.
  • Increased control of blood sugar.17,34

Bifidobacterium bifidum

  • Improved markers for liver inflammation and damage in alcohol-related liver disease.
  • Improved inflammation profiles in ulcerative colitis and irritable bowel disease.

Bifidobacterium longum

  • Reduced diarrhea and improved bowel function in cases of radiation-induced enteritis.
  • Increased HDL (good) cholesterol.
  • Improved markers for ulcerative colitis and irritable bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease.
  • Decreased the DNA damage that can trigger malignant cell development.18

Summary

Scientists have shown that prolonged imbalance in intestinal bacteria can do more than induce intestinal or digestive problems—it can trigger numerous chronic diseases outside the intestine!5-11

The link between unbalanced intestinal bacteria and several of today’s most prevalent diseases is clear. However, today’s diet, lifestyle, medical practices, and other factors tend to disrupt gut bacterial balance.2-4

Fortunately, supplementing with key bacterial strains and species counters these destructive influences—restoring your body’s natural, intestine-based protection against a host of non-intestinal diseases!25

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