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