Probiotics: A Breast Milk Boost

Giving breastfeeding mothers probiotics and modifying their diets to include canola oil-based foods boosted the immune properties and fat content of breast milk in one Finland study.

The study, published in the European Journal of Nutrition, found that adding canola oil-based foods and two probiotic strains, lactobacillus rhamnosus GG and bifidobacterium lactis Bb12, to the mother’s diet increased the following things in the mother’s breast milk:

  • Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an essential omega 3 fatty acid needed for growth and development
  • Total omega-3s
  • Immune system modulating compounds

To read more about this study, visit http://www.springerlink.com/content/5531441412216722/.

The gastrointestinal benefits of probiotics are well recorded. It’s fascinating to see what evolving research is finding out about these good-guy bacteria!

 

Go with your gut,

The Probiotics Team

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