Probiotics are live microorganisms that beneficially affect the host by improving intestinal microbiota flora. Research has shown that probiotics are beneficial in improving immune function and in the treatment of diarrhea, gut dysbiosis, allergies, and mental health conditions such as anxiety, ADHD and autism.
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Probiotics Protect Children and Pregnant Women from Heavy-Metal Poisoning: This study found that the live microorganisms found in probiotic supplements, and specifically Lactobacillus rhamnosus, was protective in women and children against heavy-metal poisoning. L. rhamnosus has a tendency to bind with heavy metals. A significant protective effect was found against mercury and arsenic.
Intestinal Effects on Autism and ADHD--Potential for Novel Probiotic Approach: The probiotic brand we recommend most to our patients--MindLinx--contains high amounts of probiotic isolates particularly adept at binding to the toxic exorphins produced by milk and wheat. These particular strains are called Lactobacillus crispatus and Lactobacillus rhamnosus. MindLinx also contains high amounts L. acidophilus, B. bifidum and B. lactis to help colonize both the small and large intestines. L-glutamine is included to help repair intestinal permeability.
Probiotic Drops Might Ease Colic: This study found that infants given probiotics in the first three months of life were less likely to develop symptoms of colic. The average crying time for newborns on probiotics was half that of those given a placebo. Probiotic use was also associated with a decrease in vomiting episodes.
Probiotic Improves Digestive Problems in Infants: Prophylactic use of Lactobacillus reuteri during the first three months of life has been found to reduce constipation, regurgitation, and colic. Mean crying time in infants on prophylactic probiotics was half that of infants on a placebo in this study of almost 600 infants.
Probiotic moderates diarrheal and RTI episodes: Lactobacillus reuteri was found to significantly reduce the risk of developing diarrheal disease and respiratory tract infection in 6-36 month old children attending daycare. Children on L. reuteri also has far fewer school absences, days of antibiotic use, and medical visits. Also see, Diarrhea in Preschool Children and L. reuteri: A Randomized Control Trial.