Probiotics: keep the faith

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There is growing evidence that selected probiotic strains could reduce bloating and stomach distension, ease the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome...

There is growing evidence that selected probiotic strains could reduce bloating and stomach distension, ease the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and eczema, reduce the risk of traveller's diarrhoea and even help people with ulcerative colitis and pouchitis, said experts gathered at a conference hosted by the British Nutrition Foundation last month.
While there has been a lot of scepticism about probiotics in the wake of recent negative health claims opinions from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), it was important to note that probiotic benefits and claims were strain-specific, stressed academics. For example, the strains used by Yakult and Danone have not yet been scrutinised by EFSA and may fare well under the claims Regulation.
Dr Mary Hickson of the Imperial College Healthcare Trust said hospital trials had shown that Lactobacillus casei DN-114001, the probiotic strain in Actimel, reduced the likelihood of elderly hospitalised patients getting diarrhoea after taking antibiotics or c-difficile-associated diarrhoea.

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