Probiotics May Limit Eczema In Infants
According to Swedish researchers (Reuters 7/07), oral supplementation with the
probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri to the mother during pregnancy and to the
infant after birth may help reduce the development of eczema and allergy
associated with immunoglobulin E, a key protein involved in the allergic
Probiotics are small molecules that help maintain the natural balance of organisms, also
referred to as microflora, in the intestines. Altered microbial exposure may
underlie the increase of allergic diseases in affluent societies. Probiotics
may help, Dr. Thomas R. Abrahamsson of Linkoping University Hospital and
To investigate, the researchers enrolled families with a history of allergic
disease. Expectant mothers were randomly assigned to receive L reuteri in an
oil suspension or a placebo treatment, each day from week 36 until delivery.
Their babies continued with the same formulation from birth until 12 months of
age and were followed up for another year. A total of 188 completed the study.
At 2 years, the incidence of eczema was 36 percent in the active treatment group
and 34 percent in the placebo group. However, during the second year, only 8
percent of the L. reuteri group had IgE-associated eczema compared with 20
percent of the placebo group, a statistically significant difference.
Skin prick test reactivity was also less common in active treatment group than
in the placebo group. The difference was statistically significant in infants
with mothers with allergies (14 percent versus 31 percent). However, there was
no effect on wheeze or other potentially allergic diseases.
Although the study failed to confirm an overall preventative effect on infant
eczema, the investigators conclude that "the treated infants had less
IgE-associated eczema at 2 years of age and therefore possibly run a reduced
risk to develop later respiratory allergic disease."
Good (Friendly) Bacteria Enhances Your Immune System And Aids Digestion
Humans typically begin life with a healthy intestinal system that has proper
balance of probiotic bacteria. Your intestines are intended to contain a
diverse population of bacteria numbering up to 100 trillion live cells.
Unfortunately, not all the bacteria in the intestines are friendly. When the
balance of the good bacteria decreases, the bad bacteria take over and many
people experience a variety of symptoms including;
• Excessive Gas • Bloating • Diarrhea • Constipation • Intestinal Toxicity
• Yeast Infections • Thrust • Athlete's Foot • Poor Nutrient Absorption
Age and lifestyle, poor eating habits, chlorinated drinking water, stress,
disease, antibiotic-ridden meat and the consumption of antibiotics for medical
conditions greatly reduces your populations of healthy bacteria. This imbalance
allows the bad bacteria to dominate and makes it necessary to replenish the
body with additional supplies of friendly bacteria.