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Probiotics May Help Combat Harmful Foodborne Bacteria

Salmonella is a bacteria that, when introduced to our food sources, can result in serious bacterial infections. A study has been released suggesting that the probiotic E. coli Nissle may help combat Salmonella by consuming the iron that the harmful bacteria needs to thrive.

To test their hypothesis that E. coli Nissle would essentially starve out Salmonella, the researchers conducted both in vitro growth analysis and animal studies that modeled Salmonella infections in the human body.

They found that introducing the probiotic reduced levels of Salmonella in both models by consuming the available iron.

The researchers noted that, while this study focused specifically on Salmonella, their findings suggest that other probiotics may have a similar effect on other harmful bacteria.

Researchers from the University of California at Irvine conducted the study. It was published on July 17, 2013, in Cell Host & Microbe.

While probiotics are best known for their positive effects on gut health, they have also been shown to help aid in weight loss, prevent recurring yeast infections, boost the immune system and reduce the risk of chronic disease.

You can get more probiotics by eating certain foods such as yogurt, milk and sauerkraut. For many people, taking a high quality supplement is an easier approach. If you choose this option, be sure it is packaged to block light, air and moisture which can easily kill probiotics.

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