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Probiotic Yogurt Boosts Immune System Of HIV/AIDS Patients

May 11, 2010: 05:25 PM EST
Probiotics have been shown to prevent gastrointestinal infections and restore an effective gut barrier in healthy people. Now a three-year study of 150 people suffering from HIV/AIDS has found that consumption of yogurt containing the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus Fiti increases the immune system’s CD4 (T-cell) count. People living with HIV/AIDs often experience gastrointestinal infections and the leakage of microbial products from the gut that cause deterioration of the immune system. Among the 68 people who consumed yogurt there was a significant increase in CD4 cells, indicating a strengthening of the immune system.
Irvine, Stephanie L. BSc; Hummelen, Ruben MSc; Hekmat, Sharareh PhD; W. N. Looman, Caspar MSc; Habbema, J. Dik F. PhD; Reid, Gregor PhD, MBA, "Probiotic Yogurt Consumption is Associated With an Increase of CD4 Count Among People Living With HIV/AIDS", Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, Published Ahead-of-Print, May 11, 2010, © Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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