Probiotics in yogurt protect children, pregnant women against heavy metal poisoning

October 7, 2014 7:51 PM

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Probiotics offer protection against heavy metal poisoning among children and pregnant women, a new study shows. The recent study, with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, conducted by Canadian and Tanzanian researchers, showed that yogurt containing probiotic bacteria offered successful protection against heavy metal poisoning. For the study, the researchers created and distributed a special yogurt Lactobacillus rhamnosus bacteria and watched the outcomes among a control group. The study is published this week in mBio, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

A research team from the Canadian Centre for Human Microbiome and Probiotics, led by Dr. Gregor Reid, studied the way in which microbes could protect against environmental health damage in poorer parts of the world. Research from their lab indicated that L. rhamnosus had a preference for binding tox...

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