Probiotic Benefits for Mother+Child & Histamine Intolerance - Dr. Michael Ruscio, DC

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Probiotic Benefits for Mother+Child & Histamine Intolerance

Probiotic supplements help gut health and more.

The benefits of probiotics for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), for babies and pregnant mothers, and for histamine intolerance and allergies have been shown in high quality research. Learn what the research says, and how to best use probiotics supplements. 

In This Episode

Probiotics for IBS … 00:00:50
Probiotics for Mothers and Babies … 00:02:55
Probiotics and Histamine Intolerance … 00:07:09

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Key Takeaways

  • High-quality data shows that probiotics help IBS, are safe and beneficial for babies and pregnant mothers, and are a net-antihistamine.
  • Choose high quality probiotics to avoid side effects.

Probiotics for IBS

  • Meta-analyses are the pinnacle of science. They look at the results of multiple clinical trials together.
  • Meta-analyses have found probiotics to be beneficial for IBS symptoms such as [1] [2]:
    • Gas
    • Bloating
    • Constipation
    • Diarrhea
    • Altered bowel function
    • Abdominal pain
  • Choose high-quality probiotic products
    • Some don’t respond well to probiotics due to fillers, excipients, or prebiotics

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Probiotics for Mothers and Babies

  • Babies given probiotics had [3]:
    • Less colic and irritability
    • Less diarrhea
    • Fewer spitting episodes
    • Fewer respiratory infections
  • Pregnant mothers given probiotics had [4]:
    • fewer incidences of pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, and hypertension
    • less weight gain
    • fewer vaginal bacterial infections

Probiotics and Histamine Intolerance

  • Probiotics are a net-antihistamine.
  • You don’t need special “low histamine” probiotics if you have SIBO or histamine intolerance.
  • Research shows probiotics reduce histamine-mediated problems such as seasonal allergies, allergic rhinitis, and conjunctivitis sinusitis. [5]
  • Histamine intolerance is likely caused by leaky gut, and probiotics help repair this root cause.
Resources & Links (click to expand)
References (click to expand)
  1. Yuan F, Ni H, Asche CV, Kim M, Walayat S, Ren J. Efficacy of Bifidobacterium infantis 35624 in patients with irritable bowel syndrome: a meta-analysis. Curr Med Res Opin. 2017;33(7):1191-1197. doi:10.1080/03007995.2017.1292230
  2. Tiequn B, Guanqun C, Shuo Z. Therapeutic effects of Lactobacillus in treating irritable bowel syndrome: a meta-analysis. Intern Med. 2015;54(3):243-249. doi:10.2169/internalmedicine.54.2710
  3. Skórka A, Pieścik-Lech M, Kołodziej M, Szajewska H. To add or not to add probiotics to infant formulae? An updated systematic review. Benef Microbes. 2017;8(5):717-725. doi:10.3920/BM2016.0233
  4. Sohn K, Underwood MA. Prenatal and postnatal administration of prebiotics and probiotics. Semin Fetal Neonatal Med. 2017;22(5):284-289. doi:10.1016/j.siny.2017.07.002
  5. Toh, Z., Anzela, A., Tang, M., & Licciardi, P. (2012, September 04). Probiotic Therapy as a Novel Approach for Allergic Disease.

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