Yogurt and Arthritis

Yogurt and Arthritis
Arthritis is an inflammatory joint problem, and in a recent rat study yogurt containing live cultures – our little pals lactobacillus bulgaricus – prevented arthritis symptoms developing in animals given arthritis-inducing injections. The study authors hypothesize that the effect in the intestine is to neutralize other bacteria that might act as triggers for the self-directed immune response that causes arthritis.
If you have arthritis, or a family history of arthritis, adding yogurt to your diet may alleviate or eliminate it. Make sure it has live cultures – it will say ‘live’ or ‘active’ in the ingredient list. Original research published in J. Nutrition (August 2004), reported in Science News (166:100). (8/19)

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