probiotics help rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a very common form of arthritis that causes severe and even crippling pain. For people who suffer from it, any safe help is welcome. Now, new help comes from an unlikely place.

Probiotics have lots of uses. Some of them are very surprising. In addition to their better known uses, probiotics can help you lose weight and lose wrinkles. They can fight colds and fight allergies.

And now this strange study has shown that probiotics can help people with rheumatoid arthritis. The study gave 60 people with rheumatoid arthritis either a placebo or a probiotic containing Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei and Bifidobacterium bifidum. The study was double-blinded and lasted eight weeks.

At the end of the study, the people in the probiotic group had significantly greater improvement on the Disease Activity Score. They also had significantly greater improvement in the inflammatory marker C-reactive protein.

This study suggests that probiotics might be an surprising addition to your program for relieving rheumatoid arthritis.


Int J Rheum Dis 2016;19(9):869-79


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