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Actimint means probiotics now easier to take than ever


Actimint - Probiotic MintsAs new research continues to reveal the importance of probiotic bacteria it is becoming easier to supplement your diet with these friendly bugs. ActiMint now means that getting a regular dose of probiotic bacteria is as easy as chewing a mint.

Probiotics, which means for life, have been used for centuries as natural components in health-promoting foods. Many experiments and studies have linked probiotics to aiding a range of ailments, such as lactose intolerance, colon cancer, lowering of cholesterol and blood pressure and, most importantly, improving immune function.

A study just published by scientists at London’s Imperial College, published in Molecular Systems Biology, adds more weight to the argument for probiotic bacteria, demonstrating the measurable affect they have on gut flora. It revealed that when probiotics are consumed, the bile acids that break down fat in the gut are affected, possibly helping them to work more effectively. In theory, this could mean more fat passing undigested through the body – rather than being absorbed, although the study does not prove this.

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Probiotics may aid weight loss


Bacteria found in probiotic nutritional supplements, yoghurts and an increasing number of other foods may help people lose weight according to new research.

A team of researchers from Standford University School of Medicine made the discovery by accident while researching another use for probiotic supplements.

The team were using a probiotic supplement in gastric bypass surgery patients to see if they would help combat a common complication of the procedure; an overgrowth of bacteria in the gut. Gastric bypass is used in people who are very obese in an effort to limit the amount of food they can consume.

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Probiotics help prevent allergies


Researchers find that exposing mothers and infants to probiotic bacteria can promote a healthy immune system and potentially reduce the development of allergies.

Probiotics are bacteria that normally reside in the gut and on other mucus membranes throughout the body. Research has identified many potentially beneficial effects of these probiotic bacteria including production of B vitamins, protecting us against infectious organisms, aiding in digestion, and lowering cholesterol.

Much research has also suggested that the immune system is constantly interacting with the contents of the gut so a healthy balance of bacteria is crucial to optimal immune function.

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Individual probiotic bacteria have biggest immune effects


Probiotics containing a single bacterial strain are more effective at increasing cytokine production than combination products according to Finnish researchers.

Researchers from Finland's National Public Health Institute, the University of Helsinki and Finnish dairy giant Valio's Research Centre tested 11 strains of bacteria from 6 genera. These included Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species which are currently the most common in probiotic products.

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Probiotic yoghurt drinks to be given to hospital patients


Hospitals in the south of England are giving patients commercially available probiotic yoghurt in trials to help prevent the spread of superbugs on wards.

Both the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and the Princess Royal in Haywards Heath are providing patients with free pots of probiotic yoghurt drinks in an effort to prevent them developing certain infections during their stay.

The trial is specifically aimed at stopping the continued rise in cases of Clostridium difficile infections.

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