Michael van Straten
Michael van Straten

Probiotics And Prebiotics May Even Prevent Allergies.

The past decade has seen great advances in our understanding of the role of gut bacteria, probiotics and prebiotics in promoting human health and disease.

The human gut contains over 1,000 different types of bacteria. Some of these are beneficial bacteria; they can promote health by stimulating the immune system, improving the digestion and absorption of nutrients, and inhibiting the growth of bad bugs. Others are more harmful, pathogenic, bacteria which are responsible for intestinal infections, diarrhoea and constipation, and the production of carcinogens and toxins.

Probiotics and prebiotics are able to improve host health by increasing numbers of beneficial bacteria in the gut. Probiotics are defined as live microorganisms that provide a health benefit to the host when consumed in appropriate amounts. They are found in a variety of foods and dietary supplements, and include the strains lactobacilli and bifidobacteria. Prebiotics are non-digestible fibre such as inulin and fructo-oligosaccharides which can selectively promote the growth and activity of beneficial bacteria in the gut.

Common gut bacteria from the class Clostridia could prevent sensitisation to allergens in food, according to new research that may pave the way for probiotic products aimed at battling food allergies and intolerances.

A team of US researchers revealed that the presence of Clostridia, a common class of gut bacteria, may protect against food allergies by encouraging immune responses that prevent food allergens from entering the bloodstream.
The research, which was performed in mice, demonstrated that Clostridia can minimise allergen exposure and prevent sensitisation – a key step in the development of food allergies. The discovery points toward probiotic therapies for this so-far untreatable condition, said the University of Chicago team behind the research.

There are many ways in which probiotics have been shown to benefit human health. For instance, they can modulate the immune system by increasing the production of pathogen-fighting antibodies and other immune cells. They are also able to enhance the function of cells in your intestine by stimulating them to produce more mucus and protecting them from dying off. Other studies have shown how probiotics can act as antimicrobial agents by suppressing the growth and invasion of harmful pathogens.

From a therapeutic point-of-view, probiotics and prebiotics have been reported to help in the treatment of numerous gastrointestinal disorders. They may also be useful in the prevention of obesity and type-2 diabetes. Though further research is needed in this area, it is clear that gut bacteria play an important role in human health. Moreover, the scientific research from the past decade has demonstrated the great potential for probiotics and prebiotics to promote our well-being.

Live yoghurts, Yakult and plenty of prebiotic foods in your daily diet can dramatically improve your overall chances of a healthy life.


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