Wednesday, December 27, 2006

probiotics help with stomach pain

Yoghurt improves gut instincts NewScientist 12/17/06 "Lactobacillus acidophilus, a "friendly" bacterium often found in yogurt and "probiotic" drinks, boosts the synthesis of receptors for opioids and cannabinoids, our natural painkillers, in gut cells...Rats had a 20 per cent increase in their abdominal pain threshold - or twice that if they had irritable bowel syndrome. The team believes the bacteria could be a cheap, safe treatment for the 20 per cent of people who get serious abdominal pain"

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