Literature Review & Commentary: Acidophilus prevents candida vaginitis

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Literature Review & Commentary: Acidophilus prevents candida vaginitis

Thirteen women with recurrent candidal vaginitis consumed 8 ounces of yogurt daily for 6 months and no yogurt for an additional 6 months (control period). The yogurt used contained greater than 100,000,000 colony forming units/ml of L. acidophilus. The mean number of vaginal candida infections per 6 months was 0.38 during the yogurt period and 2.54 during the non-yogurt period (85% reduction with yogurt; p<0.001). The prevalence of asymptomatic candida colonization of the vagina or rectum was 74% lower during the yogurt period than during the control period (p=0.001).

COMMENT: This study confirms what our grandmothers have been telling us for years. Doctors should remember that we have a great deal to learn from our grandmothers. Perhaps, we should not refer to their recommendations as "old wive's tales" any longer, but, rather, as "old wise tales."

Hilton E, Isenberg HD, Alperstein P, France K, Borenstein MT. Ingestion of yogurt containing Lactobacillus acidophilus as prophylaxis for candidal vaginitis. Ann Intern Med 1992;116:353-357.

Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients.

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By Alan R. Gaby

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