Patients with rheumatic disease could potentially benefit from adjuvant probiotics

  

  
The intestines and intestinal flora have a significant effect on inflammation in the body. It is becoming increasingly apparent that probiotics can provide relief, for example, to people suffering from the joint disease rheumatism. Back in 2013 a test revealed that the lactic acid bacteria Lactobacillus casei is an effective anti-inflammatory agent which has no side effects. This result was recently confirmed by a randomised clinical study, published in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases.

Rheumatoid arthritis (rheumatism) is an auto-immune disease where the synovial membranes in the joints become inflamed. The composition of the intestinal flora differs in patients with rheumatic disease. Research has been carried out into how positively influencing this flora can relieve the symptoms of rheumatic disease, which are mainly the well-known inflammatory symptoms of pain, swelling, warmth and redness, as well as the characteristic joint deformity and loss of function

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