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Can Synbiotics Reduce Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms? 

Probiotics and similar supplements can ease rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.

The findings of a new study suggest that this is indeed the case. The study reports that synbiotics reduce rheumatoid arthritis symptoms as measured by joint pain and disease severity scores and lower C-reactive protein (CRP) and insulin levels in patients with the disease.

Synbiotics are food supplements that combine probiotics and prebiotics. Probiotics are the good bacteria typically found in fermented foods, such as yogurt, kefir, cheese, kimchi, sauerkraut, and fermented soy products. Prebiotics include certain plant-based fiber-rich foods that are fermented in the intestine by good bacteria and help promote their growth. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease that manifests itself in the form of tender, swollen joints and is caused by the immune system attacking the lining of the joints. Some studies have found that microbial populations in the intestines of rheumatoid arthritis patients are different from those of healthy individuals with the former showing a significant reduction in the levels of good bacteria—Bifidobacterium species and lactic acid bacteria.1, 2

A new study published in the British Journal of Nutrition attempted to examine the effects of the combined use of probiotics and prebiotics (synbiotics) on the clinical symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and on parameters that measure inflammation, oxidative stress, and insulin resistance.3 The study was conducted at a hospital in Kashan, Iran and enrolled 54 rheumatoid arthritis patients between 25–70 years of age. The patients were randomly divided into two groups of 27 patients each. One group was administered a synbiotic supplement containing Lactobacillus acidophilusLactobacillus casei and Bifidobacterium bifidum and the prebiotic inulin for 8 weeks. The other group (control) was given a placebo containing starch.

Read full article: Can Synbiotics Reduce Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms? – Medical News Bulletin

Read Full Article: Can Synbiotics Reduce Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms? – Medical News Bulletin

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