This last week has seen two very important research documents published the first for the prevention of allergy and the second connection to probiotics / colonic microbiome.
The WAO are now advocating the use probiotics for the prevention of infantile eczema. http://www.waojournal.org/content/8/1/4 . This supports clinical trials from Swansea University . Arch Dis Child 2012;97:A2 doi:10.1136/archdischild-2012-301885.5
The second clinical trials in Australia support the use of peanut protein bound probiotics to treat and prevent peanut allergy.
“Administration of a probiotic with peanut oral immunotherapy: A randomized trial”
Mimi L.K. Tang PhDAnne-Louise Ponsonby PhDFrancesca Orsini MScDean Tey FRACPMarnie Robinson FRACPEe Lyn Su FRACPPaul Licciardi PhDWesley Burks MDSusan Donath MA
The correct strains of Probiotic are very important for both cases. It is vital to have the correct strain of viable probiotics in the gut or colonic microbiome for this to function. An analogy is that you need the correct vitamins to help prevent illness ie. Vitamin C supports the skin &. Vitamin D the bones. The discovery of these vitamins had a major impact on health & in the 21st century the same seems to apply to the use of probiotics.
Probiotics are mostly perceived to support and prevent digestive or gut disorders. Over the last few years with new research the importance of probiotics seem to have an impact on all bodily systems. We are looking at not just the difference disease prevention but health promotion.
The approximately hundred trillion friendly bacteria in our gut according to the New Scientist also can have a profound impact on the brain -known as The Brain Gut axis . These bacteria have the potential to be labelled as Psychobiotics with research being carried out in OCD, ADAH and Alzheimer’s.
Probiotics are sold in an unregulated market so it is important to have an understanding of labelling
Please contact me for further information.