Probiotics could protect against Ulcerative Colitis
People who are concerned about maintaining good digestive health could increase their consumption of probiotics in a bid to limit the risk of contracting ulcerative colitis.
The condition, which affects up to 600,000 people in the US, is caused by inflammation of the intestinal cells and can lead to joint pain and fatigue.
According to the Journal of Clinical Investigation, probiotics can be used as a preventative measure against developing ulcerative colitis.
As part of a study, scientists discovered that the use of a soluble protein found in particular bacteria was effective in protecting rodents against the condition.
Family physician Dr Michael Cutler recommends people consume more of the friendly bacteria in a bid to protect the body against the painful illness, as well as a number of other ailments.
Previous research has revealed that probiotics can be effective in the treatment of a number of digestive health problems such as diarrhoea, along with colds and flu.
Extract: Higher consumption of probiotics could prevent the development of ulcerative colitis, research suggests.