Children who drink probiotic milk, with added Lactobacillus bacteria, may be slightly less likely to have fevers, sore throats or diarrhea than children who drink regular milk, according to a group of Finnish researchers. The bacteria, naturally present in the intestinal tract, can be used to help balance the presence of harmful microbes, warding off intestinal problems.
In the study, roughly 600 children aged 1 to 6 years drank about one cup per day of either probiotic or regular milk over a 7-month period. Findings show that less than 40% of the probiotic milk drinkers had a respiratory infection such as bronchitis or pneumonia, compared with almost 50% of the comparison group.
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