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Do Probiotics Work for Treating Crohn's Disease?

By    |   Wednesday, 11 May 2016 05:31 PM

In addition to conventional medical treatments, do probiotics work for patients with Crohn’s disease? This inflammatory bowel disease is a type of digestive system disorder with symptoms such as diarrhea, fever, fatigue, bloody stools, and abdominal cramps.

Probiotics are the “good bacteria” that can help improve digestion and increase the absorption of nutrients from food, Kelly O’Connor, a registered dietitian, tells Everyday Health. It is no surprise that in the medical community, much attention has been paid to the possible role of probiotics in the treatment of Crohn’s disease and many other types of digestive disorders.

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Crohn’s patients have an immune system that inappropriately attacks substances it thinks don’t belong. WebMD says these substances can be harmless food, bacteria, or viruses, and the immune system attack causes inflammation in the bowels.

Dr. Bruce Silverman, a gastroenterologist in Olympia, Washington, tells Everyday Health that the right type of probiotics can help tame these flare-ups for some patients.

If you are considering probiotics to help ease your Crohn’s disease flare-ups, it is important to choose the right kind of good bacteria since there are a variety of probiotic supplements on the market. Silverman recommends probiotics containing strains of Bifidobacteria since our gut naturally contains these in abundance during our first years of life. The body is less likely to identify Bifidobacteria as foreign and attack it.

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French scientists also identified another probiotic that can work for Crohn’s disease called Faecalibacterium prausnitzii (F. prausnitzii), says WebMD.

The researchers found that patients who had frequent recurrence of Crohn’s disease had low amounts of this good bacteria in their gut. They also identified anti-inflammatory properties of F. prausnitzii, although it did not work to kill harmful bacteria.

They summarized that treatment of Crohn’s disease with this probiotic looks promising, but they encouraged more research in this area.

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