Arthritis is an autoimmune disorder in which inflammation causes joint pain and disability. Oftentimes, sufferers will also exhibit gut disturbances including nausea, diarrhea, and constipation. And interestingly, they have microbiota that differ from healthy patients: Fewer Bifidobacteria and Lactobacteria are seen.
Because probiotics are integral to a healthy immune system as well as optimum digestion, researchers are finding that probiotics may be able to alleviate symptoms or even prevent arthritis.
Indeed, lactic acid-producing bacteria demonstrate immune and ant-inflammatory effects and the ability to lessen the symptoms of arthritis in both animals and humans.
How probiotics help:
- Competing against inflammatory bacteria.
- Production of short chain fatty acids such as butyric acid which strengthen intestinal cells.
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