Recently Discovered the Case With Probiotics
Food containing probiotics called “good bacteria” that are supposed to fight the “bad bacteria” in the digestive system and protect them from damage to the same bacteria.
Now a new study in the United States shows that it may also have side effects – those that go beyond the digestive system and are expressed in the brain.
What could possibly be bad with the addition of “good bacteria” that would help us digest our food best? But you have to remember that anything that affects our body and changes it can cause side effects, along with the desired phenomena. And recently discovered that this is also the case with probiotics.
One study found that feeding infants in the first two weeks of life with a probiotic formula that contains lactobacillus raises acidity in the urine. The reason for this is the accumulation of lactic acid which these bacteria can produce in the gut from glucose, in the absence of oxygen. Another study found that people who consumed probiotics suffered from brain fogginess (BF) a collection of symptoms that include confusion, poor judgment, short term memory loss, and concentration difficulties. All this led researchers at the University of Augusta in Georgia to examine the possibility that probiotics cause symptoms of cerebral haemorrhage by raising levels of lactic acid. The conclusion, as detailed in a new article: It is quite possible.
The study included 30 people with cerebral hemorrhage (BF) and eight without BF. All BF patients took various types of probiotics, and some took several types together, including lactobacillus. Only one of the healthy people took a lactobacillus probiotic. BF patients reported more bloating in the abdominal cavity, and they had large bacterial colonies in the small intestine at a higher rate than those without BF. They also had high levels of lactic acid in the blood two to three times the norm in some cases. “It is known that probiotic bacteria can produce lactic acid from glucose,” said lead researcher Gastroenterologist Rao in a press release. “So if you accidentally” colonize “the probiotic bacteria in the small intestine, you prepare the ground for the development of acidity due to the accumulation of lactic acid.
“By mistake” is the correct term in this case, because naturally probiotic bacteria are not supposed to work in the small intestine, but only in the large intestine. But a probiotic diet that raises their numbers may encourage them to develop in the small intestine as well. The accumulation of lactic acid in the blood causes neurological symptoms, some of which are reminiscent of those of BF, and may therefore be the cause of BF in patients. Some have cerebral hemorrhagic seizures lasting several hours after eating and in some cases so severe that patients have to quit. Sometimes the effect was very rapid, within a few minutes of eating. “It happened right before our eyes,” Rao said. The swelling experienced by patients is also related to the activity of the bacteria, since it creates a lot of gas.
Researchers have previously found that probiotics can lead to health problems in people with short bowel syndrome ,where the small intestine does not function properly, but the new findings suggest that people with no bowel problems are susceptible to BF and stomach swelling. The good news is that in most cases the symptoms are not long-term: when patients who experienced BF and swelling were treated with antibiotics or avoided probiotics or foods containing yogurt, symptoms were relieved: 85 percent of patients reported that their brain fog disappeared after such treatments, Directly to bacteria.
Not all patients, of course, will experience these symptoms as a result of taking probiotics, and not all probiotics are the same and will inevitably cause the same symptoms. In addition, the study was done on a small sample and in an uncontrolled manner, so it is difficult to draw unequivocal conclusions. However, Rau says his and his team’s experience for more than three years shows that it is forbidden to randomly and indiscriminately take probiotics without consulting an expert beforehand. “Probiotics should be treated as a panacea and not as a supplement,” he said.
And yogurt lovers and other probiotic foods – if you experience confusion and disorientation, and abdominal swelling – there is a chance that the good bacteria are not so good for you and that these effects are caused by probiotics. It is advisable to consult with an expert in the field who will recommend whether to stop using probiotics, temporarily or permanently.