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Milk Fermented With Probiotics: A New Functional Food Therapy For Gastritis?

April 7, 2010: 09:31 AM EST
Scientists in Argentina have found in animal experiments that using milk fermented with a probiotic effectively treats aspirin-induced gastritis. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) are commonly used to reduce inflammation and pain associated with diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Unfortunately, NSAIDs often cause gastritis in the stomach because they damage mucosal cells. The new research has found that milk fermented with the probiotic Streptococcus thermophilus CRL 1190 eases chronic gastritis by adjusting the immune response and by thickening the gastric mucus gel layer. The researchers concluded: “Fermented milk with S. thermophilus CRL 1190 … could be used in novel functional foods as an alternative natural therapy for chronic gastritis induced by acetylsalicylic acid.”
Cecilia Rodríguez, Marta Medici, Fernanda Mozzi and Graciela Font de Valdez, "Therapeutic effect of Streptococcus thermophilus CRL 1190-fermented milk on chronic gastritis", World Journal of Gastroenterology, April 07, 2010, © Baishideng
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