A study in the Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology shows that feeding probiotics to pregnant and nursing mothers helps prevent a horrible skin disease called atopic dermatitis.

Atopic dermatitis is a horrible itching raw skin rash primarily in the skin folds, diaper area and cheeks. Probiotics are good bacteria that grow in the intestines and help to convert unabsorbed food in the colon into chemicals that help prevent disease.

Finnish researchers showed that the children who develop atopic dermatitis have very high blood levels of allergic IGE antibodies and those breast-fed children whose mothers are fed good bacteria such as lactobacillus have a marked reduction in their blood levels of allergic antibodies. These children also have only one third the incidence of atopic dermatitis compared to those whose mothers were given placebos. If these studies can be repeated, all allergic mothers should take good bacteria during pregnancy and breast-feeding.

Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology 2002(Feb) Vol 109 No 1 pp 119-121.

Checked 8/9/05

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