Did you know that your gut microbiome can also impact inflammatory arthritis disorders?
Rheumatoid Arthritis, an inflammatory arthritis disorder, is a debilitating autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system attacks its own tissue, typically the small joints of the hands and feet. Traditional treatments include medications, physical therapy and surgery to control symptoms and prevent joint damage. Recent research is indicating that probiotic intervention holds promise to decrease disease activity score and inflammatory cytokines (TNF alpha, IL-6, IL-10).1
Giardina et al found the most helpful bacterial strains to be Lactobacillis plantarum, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium breve and Bifidobacterium longum were the most beneficial to decreasing inflammation.2
If you are otherwise healthy and looking for probiotic supplementation, choose one with live bacteria listed above. Generally you will want one with Billions of microbes to survive the transition past the acidic stomach. If you are recovering from surgery or recovering from illness, talk to your doctor or healthcare professional to see if this is the right course of action for you.
Fermented foods are a great source of healthy bacteria. Naturally fermented vegetables and dairy like yogurt, sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi, kombucha (a fermented tea drink), and kefir. If you choose pre-made fermented foods, choose one with only minimal ingredients. Avoid those with additives, preservatives and sweeteners.
1. Vaghef-Mehrabany E, Alipour B, Homayouni-Rad A, Sharif SK, Asghari-Jafarabadi M, Zavvari S. Probiotic supplementation improves inflammatory status in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Nutrition. 2014;30(4):430-435.
2. Giardina S, Scilironi C, Michelotti A, et al. In vitro anti-inflammatory activity of selected oxalate-degrading probiotic bacteria: Potential applications in the prevention and treatment of hyperoxaluria. J Food Sci. 2014;79(3):M384-90.
Dr Carolyn Dolan DPT, Cert MDT, MSHN
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