How to use probiotic food and probiotic capsules to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria
A new type of natural probiotic product could help fight antibiotic- resistant bacteria, and a new study suggests it’s safe for use on humans.
According to the Mayo Clinic, one of the best ways to combat infection is through antibiotic therapy, but it is not always easy to determine if a person is truly resistant to an antibiotic.
“We need to have a better understanding of the risk of resistance,” said Mary-Ellen Schaller, MD, an infectious disease physician at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
“So we’re trying to understand what happens in the body and how it might be affecting the microbiome,” she said.
Researchers have used probiotics before in order to understand the bacteria in our bodies, but the process can be difficult.
“It can be very challenging to understand how a bacteria interacts with other bacteria and what’s going on,” Schallers said.
The Mayo Clinic team started by looking at the microbiome of a woman who was infected with the flu and her friends and family.
The team was able to see how the probiotic bacteria in the microbiome changed when the person ate different foods.
“I was surprised at how different the different types of food she ate affected the different microbes, so that was interesting,” said Schallert.
She found that the woman who ate more yogurt, for example, had fewer bacteria in her gut that were resistant to the flu.
This shows that the probiotics can work to protect against a bacteria that can be a risk factor for resistance.
“These results suggest that probiotics could help reduce antibiotic-associated illness,” said Shaller.
There is currently no way to prevent antibiotic resistance, but there are ways to prevent it.
Probiotics are available as a natural food supplement and many people use them to prevent infection.
In addition to the probiotics, researchers are also looking into other natural treatments for antibiotic resistance that can help treat other infections, like strep throat and HIV.
The study, published in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, looked at two types of probiotics: probiotics that are made by adding bacteria to your diet and probiotics made by making your own.
“Both of these probiotic products are designed to help people with the common cold, which we know can be exacerbated by certain foods,” said David Friesen, MD and a researcher at the Mayo clinic.
Friesen and his team used a method to create a synthetic version of the probiostat.
They compared the probiosic to a natural version and found that it helped fight the common flu, but didn’t prevent it from spreading.
The probiotics also worked well when used for strep throats, a disease that can result in a mild to moderate case of the flu, which is very common in the US.
“The use of these types of products might be very beneficial to people who are taking antibiotics to treat a common cold,” said Friese.
The researchers say the next step is to try these products on animals.
“Once we can do that, we can start to really understand the effect of these products in people and to see if they can work in other diseases,” said Dr. Schall.