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Research at the CFS-FM Integrative Care Centre in Toronto, Canada showed that patients with CFS have marked alterations in microbial flora, including lowered levels of bifidobacteria and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). The researchers cited other studies that indicated that CFS patients are under increased oxidative stress, have a type 2 helper cell dominated cytokine profile, frequently report allergies, have altered essential fatty acid (EFA) status and may have malabsorption of certain micronutrients. The researchers proposed that lactic acid bacteria (LAB) have the potential to influence the immune system in CFS patients by supporting T helper cell 1 driven cellular immunity and may decrease allergies. In addition, LAB are strong antioxidants, may improve EFA status, can enhance absorption of micronutrients by protecting the intestinal epithelial barrier, and have been used to treat SIBO. For these reasons, the researchers concluded that LAB may have a therapeutic role in the treatment of CFS. (Source: Logan AC, Venket Rao A, Irani D. Med Hypotheses, 2003 Jun;60(6):915-23.)



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