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Use of Probiotics in Atopic Diseases

Use of Probiotics in Atopic Diseases

Thursday, May 22nd 2003

Recently, a lot has been written about the benefits of probiotics in preventing atopic diseases. What type of lactobacillus is found in yogurt? Is it the same as lactobacillus GG? Would early feeding of yogurt help in inducing Th1 response?

from James E. Gern, MD, 05/15/2003

Although the types of bacteria found in yogurt can vary, the traditional yogurt starter cultures consist of Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus.[1] These bacteria are distinct from the probiotic lactobacillus GG. Some studies have compared the immunomodulating activities of probiotics and yogurt. For example, one controlled study found that oral consumption of lactobacillus led to a small reduction in the number of potentially pathogenic bacteria in the nasal cavity, and this effect was not seen with yogurt.[2]

There is currently great interest in the potential for probiotics and/or fermented foods, such as yogurt, to promote immune development, and also as a supplementary treatment for a broad range of infectious and inflammatory diseases.[3]

The greatest potential for benefit appears to be in the areas of infections or inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, and for the prevention of allergic disorders. A number of clinical research trials are now ongoing, and these new efforts should help to determine whether these agents, which are generally regarded as safe, truly have health benefits.


Crittenden RG, Martinez NR, Playne MJ. Synthesis and utilisation of folate by yoghurt starter cultures and probiotic bacteria. Int J Food Microbiol. 2003;80:217-222.

Gluck U, Gebbers JO. Ingested probiotics reduce nasal colonization with pathogenic bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae, and beta-hemolytic streptococci). Am J Clin Nutr. 2003;77:517-520. Guarner F, Malagelada JR. Gut flora in health and disease. Lancet. 2003;361:512-519.

About the Panel Members
James Gern, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin, Madison Medical School. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a member of the American Thoracic Society and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology

Footnote from Ideal Health:

At Ideal Health we strongly recommened the use of probiotic supplements, especially for those people who suffer with bowel irregularity such as diarrhoea or constipation and bowel disease such as IBD, Crohns & Ulcerative colitis.

We stock a full range of probiotics, for the whole family, from Natures Way USA. We believe they are probiotic specialists and can highly recommend this range.

We believe that eating yoghurt is not as a reliable source of probiotic's, compaired to taking an acidophilus supplement, such as Primadophilus. Studies have shown that up to 95% of the acidophilus bacteria found in yoghurt is destroyed by the hydrochloric acid in the stomach - before it can even get to the intestine where it is needed. Primadophilus capsules are enteric coated - an acid resistant coating. This enables the capsule to bypass the stomach and release in the intestinal tract.

The following products are all useful probiotics :

Inner Health Plus Dairy Free Capsules
Inner Health Plus
Inner Health Candex
Inner Health for Kids
Immune Booster for Kids
IBS Support
Gastro Relief
Eczema Shield
Primadophilus Bifidus
Primadophilus Child
Primadophilus for Kids
Primadophilus Reuteri Powder

Related health information can be found here:

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Colostrum, a universal healer with immune boosting properties
Crohn's Disease
Ensure healthy gut function with probiotic supplementation
FOS - prebiotic food

Related articles can be found here:

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Probiotic Update - Reuteri
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Why Take Primadophilus?

If you need help or advice, you are welcome to email our naturopathic team with your health question.

Disclaimer: The health information presented here has been written for the New Zealand health consumer. It is of a general nature and is only intended to provide a summary of the subjects covered. The information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted, and no person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided. All health ailments should be treated by a qualified health professional.


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