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Probiotics' immune boosting mechanisms revealed

You've probably heard numerous times, particularly if you're a longtime Delicious Living devotee, that probiotics boost your immune system--bolstering the body against run-of-the-mill colds and stomach bugs, and lessening the likelihood of developing immune-related conditions like eczema. But until now, scientists haven't been able to tell us why or how probiotics affect overall immunity. Dutch scientists studying biopsies from human subjects given Lactobacillus plantarum (a probiotic strain) or a placebo noticed that, for subjects given the L plantarum, gene expressions and cellular pathways showed patterns correlating to the development of healthy immunity in adults.

For a primer on probiotics, check out Get Cultured.

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