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Probiotics in Breast Milk Ease Intestinal Pain

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Datum: 04.06.2010 05:30
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Probiotics in Breast Milk Ease Intestinal Pain

Submitted by Deborah Mitchell on 2010-06-03

Breast milk is considered to be the perfect source of nutrition for
infants because it contains the right balance of carbohydrates, fats,
and protein, as well as other critical nutrients. Now researchers have
found how probiotics in breast milk can reduce or eliminate intestinal

Research into the benefits of probiotics in infants and children has
uncovered positive results in several areas, including the use of the
beneficial bacteria to improve survival among premature infants,
treating diarrhea in young children, and reducing infections. The
discovery of how a probiotic present in breast milk can alleviate or
eliminate cramping in the gut furthers our appreciation of how these
bacteria can benefit human health, and beginning at birth.

In the new study, which was published online in the FASEB Journal,
investigators used a mouse model to illustration how Lactobacillus
reuteri can reduce the force of muscle contractions in the gut within
minutes of introducing the bacteria to the intestinal tract. This
bacterium is found in human breast milk as well as in the gut of many

Researchers introduced L. reuteri into small intestine samples culled
from healthy, untreated mice. Measurements of the pressure caused by
natural contractions after the bacterium was added to a salt solution
flowing through the intestine revealed that L. reuteri relaxed smooth
muscle tissue.

Imbalances of the bacterial flora in the gut have been associated with
a wide range of health problems, including inflammatory bowel disease,
constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, allergies, skin conditions,
and poor absorption of nutrients, among others. Wolfgang Kunze, a co-
author of the study and a researcher at the McMaster Brain-Body
Institute and Department of Psychiatry at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in
Ontario, Canada, noted that there have been “scientifically and
evidence-based approaches to nutrition to correct potential bacterial
imbalance in the intestine and thereby promote better health and
possibly restore health in diseases associated with these

Gerald Weissmann, MD, editor-in-chief of the FASEB Journal, noted that
while most people do not have access to “breast milk from the tap,”
that does not mean people cannot “still benefit from some of the life-
supporting substances it carries.” Besides the probiotics present in
breast milk, the beneficial bacteria are available in certain foods
and in supplements. Weissmann pointed out that “this research shows
that the relationship between humans and microbes can be beneficial
for both.”

Wang B et al. FASEB Journal 2010 Jun 2


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