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Researchers show prebiotic can reduce severity of colitis
Date:5/3/2012

hers found mice given GOS had significantly less inflammation and fewer abnormal cells, two precursors for colon cancer.

It appeared, Fenton said, the positive results were linked to the significant enhancement of the body's own natural killer cells, found in the immune system and crucial in fighting off new infections in the body.

"Our results suggest GOS may be effective in reducing colitis severity by priming the innate immune system," she said.

The next step is to verify how that mechanism works; finding that link could help researchers apply the lessons learned to other intestinal ailments.


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Contact: Jason Cody
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Michigan State University
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