You have heard the long list of reasons why it’s preferable to breast feed your baby over formula-feeding. One of those many reasons is that breast milk contains a probiotic that reduces (or even eliminates) painful stomach cramping.
The probiotic is a strain of Lactobacillus reuteri (if that sounds familiar, it might be because one of the powerful strains found in Probonix). The beneficial effects of this bacterium may help alleviate a wide range of intestinal issues including irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, functional bowel disorders, and constipation.
The research work was done at the McMaster Brain-Body Institute and Department of Psychiatry at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Ontario, Canada. The research team monitored the contraction and relaxation of smooth intestinal muscle tissue in mice before, during and after introducing the L. reuteri bacterium.
So add this to your list of 1001 Great Things that Probiotics Can Do.
- Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. “Probiotic found in breast milk helps alleviate symptoms of digestive disorders.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 3 June 2010. sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100602193326.htm
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