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From: pautrey on 31 May 2010 12:07
The yoghurt cure: Probiotics are good for our digestion. But they can
also combat flu, allergies and bad breath
By Louise Atkinson
Last updated at 12:29 PM on 25th May 2010
Research suggests that probiotics could have benefits that extend
beyond the gut
Most of us know something about the good bacteria (probiotics) in our
stomachs, thanks to advertising.
Two million of us now consume them in the form of drinks, yoghurts,
powders and capsules.
Science has come to accept there is some truth in the enthusiastic
claims made for probiotics that they help fight 'bad' bugs in your gut
and improve intestinal health.
And now research suggests that probiotics could have benefits that
extend beyond the gut, such as treating illnesses from type-1 diabetes
There is also interest in preliminary research suggesting that
probiotics might even be able to enhance weight loss.
Scientists are developing specific probiotics to prevent dental
cavities, probiotic lozenges for sore throats, probiotic nasal sprays
and probiotic deodorant sticks that deal with the bacteria that cause
They're talking about probiotic vaccines to treat inflammatory
diseases and probiotic cleaning products for the home.
In her new book, Good Gut Bugs, leading nutritionist Kathryn Marsden
presents a comprehensive analysis of the science of gut bacteria and
the latest thinking about using probiotics to treat a wide variety of
illnesses - not just to boost general well-being.
With more than 20 years of experience in treating patients, she has
devised a unique guide to probiotics and how to use them to treat your