Certain Yogurt Probiotics Found Beneficial For Vaginal Health
Probiotic-rich yogurt is often used holistically to treat bacterial vaginosis or thrush, which occurs when the normal bacteria in the vagina are overtaken by other kinds of bacteria, such as Candida. In a recent study, researchers examined whether supplementation with the probiotics found in yogurt would have similar beneficial effects and found that they did.
The researchers conducted the study in vitro, testing five strains of probiotics on their ability to produce hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in order to combat the pathogens.
They found that that the probiotics did, indeed, show “inhibitory action” but that the results varied amongst the five strains. Only Lactobacillus rhamnosus IMC 501 and Lactobacillus paracasei IMC 502 were able to produce H202, coaggregate and exert microbial activity against Candida strains.
The researchers reported that a human study will be conducted to further explore the effects of these probiotics on vaginal thrush.
Researchers from the University of Camerino in Italy conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on February 19, 2014, in The Journal of Applied Microbiology.
While probiotics are most commonly linked to improving digestion and gut health, they have also been shown to have other health benefits, including a stronger immune system, and a reduced risk of chronic disease.
Probiotics can be found naturally in many foods, such as yogurt, milk and sauerkraut. You may also consider taking a high quality supplement but make sure it is packaged to block light, air and moisture, which can easily kill probiotics. If you want to duplicate the effects seen here, check to make sure that your supplement contains the Lactobacillus rhamnosus IMC 501 and Lactobacillus paracasei IMC 502 strains of probiotics.