|ECZEMA AND PROBIOTICS|
Allergy April 9, 2009
According to a new study, daily supplements of probiotic foods may reduce the risk of eczema in children by 58%.
Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, can be one of the first signs of allergy during the early years of life. It is thought to affect between 10-20% percent of all infants.
In this study, researchers recruited more than 150 pregnant women and randomly assigned them to receive a probiotic mixture or a placebo for the last two weeks of pregnancy. The infants subsequently received the supplements for their first year of life. Eczema was 58% lower in the intervention group during the first three months of life.
It makes total sense that probiotics are associated with curing eczema. Gut health, which is dependent upon a healthy population of beneficial bacteria (probiotics), makes up about 70-80% of immunity. The other connection to make here is that standard treatments for eczema-like topical or oral steroids-suppress immune function, often leading to worse problems like asthma.
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