Probiotics for Babies: Impact Seen Until Age 4

A study published this month in Clinical and Experimental Allergy found that infants exposed to probiotics (specifically Lactobacillus rhamnosus) from 35 weeks to age 2 were at less risk for getting eczema and rhinoconjunctivitis. (For a detailed report, click here.  http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/758431)

The “protective effect,” according to the article on Medscape, lasted until age 4. The probiotics were given to the mothers before the babies were born and continuing after birth for six months if the mothers were breastfeeding. Then the babies got the supplements directly.

The incidence of eczema was significantly reduced, backing up other studies that found the same results but had tracked the children only to about 2 years of age.

So at your next baby shower, you might want to consider giving mom a bottle of Probulin – along with, of course,  print out of the study so she doesn’t think you just raided your bathroom cabinet for a gift.

 

Go with your Gut,

The Probulin Team

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Probiotics: Keeping Your Kids Healthy

If you measured the amount of snot in the average daycare . . . well, let’s just say no one in their right mind would even try. But put a pack of little kids together, and those germs just fly around. Ugh.

But probiotics hold hope for keeping your little ones healthier. A study in August 2009 Pediatrics highlighted an investigation with children ages 3 to 5 attending daycare. The children were split into three groups: one group took a Lactobacillus probiotic twice a days; the second group took Lactobacillus plus Bifidobacterium twice a day; and the final group took a placebo. And, wow! Look what they found:

Incidence of fever was reduced 63% in the Lacto/Bifido group; 48% in the Lacto group.

Cough was reduced by 54% in the Lacto/Bifido group; 42% in the Lacto group.

Runny noses were reduced by 44% in the Lacto/Bifido group; 9% in the Lacto group.

Antibiotic use was reduced by 80% in the Lacto/Bifido group; 68% in the Lacto group.

The results of some studies are a little wishy-washy. Not this one. The researchers concluded the probiotics “significantly reduced the incidence and duration of respiratory tract infection symptoms in children.”

For more information, check out PEDIATRICS: Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

I don’t know about you — but the less snot in my house the better. . . I’m stocking up on probiotics.

Go with your gut,

The Probulin Team

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