Probiotics may work wonders for rheumatoid arthritis

If you or someone you love suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, you know how it can control every moment of your day.

From the moment you wake up in the morning, your stiff, aching joints can make even the simplest tasks — like climbing the stairs or opening a jar — nearly impossible.

But now an international research team has just discovered what may be the greatest RA breakthrough in decades.

I’m talking about a simple, drug-free way to slash joint inflammation and send even the worst pain packing.

And it produces results you’ll notice — and, more importantly feel — in just eight weeks flat.

Feeling no pain

For years I’ve been telling you about the wonders of probiotics — those healthy gut bugs that improve digestion and even help you fight off infections.

But it turns out probiotics may be even more versatile than we ever imagined.

For their latest study, published in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases, scientists asked a group of RA sufferers to spend eight weeks taking a daily probiotic.

And the results were off the charts.

Just two months was all it took for these folks to see dramatic improvements in just about every RA symptom that researchers measured.

I’m talking about less inflammation, lower insulin levels (insulin resistance is very common with RA), and better numbers on the Disease Activity Score (DAS) than patients had probably seen in years.

If you have RA, you probably already know about the DAS (sometimes called the DAS-28). It measures the health of 28 different joints that are often ravaged by RA — and it’s a key way for doctors to measure how the disease is advancing.

And by improving their DAS scores, it was as if these patients were actually turning back the clock on their RA!

That should be a bright, flashing beacon of hope for millions of RA sufferers. But it’s not all that surprising.

Probiotics are designed to help your immune system work better. And RA, after all, is an autoimmune disease.

And I’ll put the results probiotics are getting up against anything Big Pharma is offering any day.

Instead of working with your immune system, most RA drugs basically shut it down instead. And that can make you a sitting duck for some of the nastiest infectious diseases around.

The labels for prescription meds like Enbrel, Humira, and Remicade even warn that they could cause tuberculosis!

Tuberculosis! You’ve got to be kidding me!

The good news is that the health benefits of probiotics are so clear, there’s no reason you can’t start up on them right away.

And, remember — this study was only conducted over just eight weeks. Hopefully, over time, the results you’ll see from probiotics will be even better.

Look for a product with multiple strains and at least 20 billion colony-forming units.

Let’s hope that taking a daily probiotic will make living with RA a little easier — and a lot less painful.

Are Probiotics Beneficial for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients? MPR, May 5, 2016