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Aug 4, 2010

Expectant Mothers Who Take Probiotics Have Healthier Babies

"Definitive link between probiotics and eczema prevention"

A study out of a Norwegian research project being conducted called “Prevention of Allergy Among Children in Trondheim” has found that mothers who drank a probiotic-supplemented milk during pregnancy cut their children’s risk of developing eczema by 40%. Eczema, a common skin condition, is often related to allergies and is connected to a familial pre-disposition. In the study, women were given either milk with probiotics or milk with a placebo, the participants were not aware of which they were given. Women and their children were evaluated from pregnancy until the children were two years old. Probiotics have been studied for many years for their ability to favorably alter intestinal flora, promote good digestion, boost immune function, and increase resistance to infection. The Norwegian study is the first to identify a definitive link between probiotics and eczema prevention, particularly as the effects are passed down from mother to child.

Dr. Kerry Ferguson