Probiotic Protein Shows Colon Benefits in Laboratory Rodents
Many people take supplements or have probiotic-enriched yogurt in order to help improve digestion. While controversy has surrounded the efficacy of such products, a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation recognized one specific probiotic protein that promoted good colon health in laboratory rodents.
The study's results showed that the protein p40 was helpful in treating colitis, a condition marked by inflammation in the colon. The researchers explained that the molecule promotes intestinal epithelial cell growth & function, and also helps reduce inflammatory responses that sometimes kill healthy cells.
Researchers said that this process is important because some species of gut bacteria aid in the digestion of certain substances, produce vitamins & promote a healthy intestinal microbial balance. When this system goes wrong, it may result in chronic issues with colon health.
The study's findings indicated that oral administration of p40 upset intestinal injury & acute colitis in three different mouse models of intestinal inflammation.
These benefits have not been tested on humans, the findings may support evidence that probiotics can promote good colon & digestive health.
16 February 2012