Saturday, April 28, 2012

Probiotics Do Protect against IBD... YES, they DO!

Good Article from about the benefits of probiotics and how they protect the body from inflammation.

Article Highlights
 "Dirk Haller therefore warns against false promises: "Not every product labeled as 'probiotic' actually earns this name."  This is true..ConsumerLabs tested the accuracy of probiotics to see if the amount of probiotic in the capsule matches what the amount is on the label.  The results were horrid.  Some of the companies that supply probiotics had a % as low as 10% of what they said was in the capsule.  Others had better results, but a lot of them had a much lower % of healthy bacteria in them than what they documented on the label. A good probiotic can be costly. Remember though.. you get what you pay for.  Be sure to do your research before investing a dime in the probiotic you choose.
"As the scientists observed, lactocepin degrades messengers from the immune system, known as chemokines, in the diseased tissue. As a part of the "normal" immune response, chemokines are needed to guide defense cells to the source of the infection. In chronic intestinal disorders like Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, the otherwise highly effective defense mechanism against infectious agents is malfunctioning. Chemokines such as "IP-10" then contribute to the tissue damage due to chronic inflammatory processes, preventing the tissue from healing." 

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