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Ulcer Sufferers May Find Relief With Probiotics

Researchers with the Department of Food Biotechnology at the University of Valencia, Spain, have identified a strain of probiotic that they say could be an effective tool for treating ulcers caused by Heliobacter pylori (H. pylori).

The findings of their study were published in the February, 2011 edition of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

H. pylori is the bacteria responsible for most ulcers and many causes of stomach inflammation and gastritis. The bacteria weaken the protective coating of the stomach, allowing digestive juices to irritate the sensitive stomach lining.

The researchers tested a variety of different strains of bifidobacteria for activity against H. pylori. They found that one strain, Bifidobacterium bifidum CECT 7366, had an inhibition level of nearly 95% in vitro when tested against infection in mice.

After 21 days of treatment, the mice who received the Bifidobacterium bifidum CECT 7366 probiotic strain developed significantly fewer ulcers than the control group.

The researchers believe the probiotic strain was able to partially relieve damage to gastric tissue caused by the H. pylori infection. They noted that human clinical trials will need to be conducted to confirm its ability to prevent ulcers.

Previous studies have already demonstrated the ability of probiotics to help prevent several disorders such as diarrhea and inflammatory bowel disease as well as to treat recurring yeast infections.

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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