- February 24, 2015
If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis or any other inflammation of the joints, you understand just how this disease can negatively impact your daily life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 22.7 million American adults experience a physical limitation due to rheumatoid arthritis in addition to the frequent pain caused by their condition. At LANAP & Implant Center of Pennsylvania in Collegeville, PA and Williamsport, PA, Dr. David DiGiallorenzo strives to help each of his patients enjoy not only better oral health, but overall wellness every day. That is why we take the time to emphasize the benefits of a natural approach to physical and mental well-being, including the role of probiotics in the management of rheumatoid arthritis.
How Do Probiotics Help with Arthritis?
In a study performed in 2014, researchers sought to compare the effectiveness of probiotics and indomethacin, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) among a group of rats with arthritis. Their findings were particularly interesting. Rats supplemented with Lactobacillus acidophilus experienced less joint damage than those that were not treated with the probiotic supplement. In addition, proinflammatory cytokines were diminished, and levels of anti-inflammatory cytokines were increased.
Continuing research shows that probiotics are capable of mitigating the inflammatory response of the immune system, thereby reducing the pain and swelling of the joints associated with rheumatoid arthritis. There was even a noticeable difference in internal organs, including the liver, the kidney, and the ovaries. The researchers’ conclusions point toward a future in which probiotics may be used to combat the inflammation of the joints, especially in cases when NSAIDs are not a viable solution due to health concerns or drug interactions.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you or someone in your family is suffering daily from the effects of rheumatoid arthritis, please don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. DiGiallorenzo and his team. With the latest in advanced technology and an all-encompassing menu of personalized services, we can help you enjoy a healthier and more fulfilling life. With two convenient locations in Williamsport and Collegeville, the LANAP & Implant Center of Pennsylvania proudly serves families from throughout the surrounding areas, including Pottstown, Sunbury, Bloomberg, Lock Haven, and more.