In a recent
clinical trial held at the University of California, doctors concluded that eating natural yogurt and other probiotics WILL relieve the symptoms of eczema and other forms of dermatitis.
that probiotics trigger the development of the immune system cells that control allergic diseases.
product is so safe that the clinical
trial used probiotics to treat eczema in
children and babies as young as six
Probiotics is the name given to a variety of micro-organisms which act in the body to balance good and bad organisms (microflora) in the intestines. The normal human digestive tract
contains about 400 types of probiotic
bacteria that reduce the growth of harmful
bacteria and promote a healthy digestive
system. The largest group of probiotic
bacteria in the intestine is lactic acid
bacteria, of which Lactobacillus acidophilus,
found in yogurt, is the best known.
easily available in certain foods, such as yogurt, fermented and unfermented milk, miso, tempeh and some juices and soya milk drinks. They are also readily available as dietary supplement from health shops.
are bacteria similar to those naturally found in people's gut, especially in those of breastfed infants, who have a natural protection against many diseases.
foods date back to ancient times, such as fermented foods and cultured milk products. Interest in probiotics in general has been growing tremendously during the last 20 years, Americans' spending on probiotic supplements nearly tripled between 1994 and 2003.