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Yogurt a day keeps yeast infection away.

Scientists have just completed the first controlled experiment validating one of folk medicine's favorite treatment: eating yogurt can prevent vaginal yeast infections.

"We don't know yet why it works," said Dr. Eileen Hilton who conducted the study at the Jewish Medical Center in New York.

The researchers studied 13 women for a year. For six months, the women ate eight ounces of yogurt a day, and for another six months skipped the yogurt. They were tested for levels of yeast colonization. The women averaged 0.3 infections while taking yogurt compared to 2.5 infections when yogurt was not part of their diet. Findings were published in the March issue of the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

The yogurt culture, lactobacillus, is found in abundance in the vagina of healthy women. "It is surprising that lactobacillus ingested would have an effect on the vagina," said De. Seymour Klebenoff, a professor of medicine at the University of Washington. "Our studies would suggest that you would have to introduce it into the vagina. But that doesn't mean their findings are not valid. I just don't know the explanation."

Many brands of yogurt do not contain lactobacillus culture, and the study found that pills containing lactobacillus were too contaminated with other organisms to be helpful.
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Date:Mar 22, 1992
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