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September 24, 2004

Yogurt With Probiotic Microbes Inhibits Ulcer-causing Stomach Bacteria

Researchers have found that eating yogurt containing Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium lactis probiotic cultures significantly decreased the amount of Helicobacter pylori bacteria in the stomach. (H. pylori causes stomach ulcers.) Apparently the probiotic bacteria prevented the H. pylori from sticking to the stomach wall. In addition, researchers noted probiotics enhance the immune response:
"In human fed yogurt, results showed an increase of B and natural killer cells in the lymph nodes and increased interferon-g production. The long-term anti-inflammatory effect and its immunomodulatory properties of AB-yogurt merits further investigations."


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