Probiotics May Boost Athlete Gut Health

Are you an athlete? Do you exercise often? Did you know taking daily supplements of a probiotic blend may improve your gut function & may help provide a way of reducing gastrointestinal complaints?  

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There are a high number of gastrointestinal complaints including nausea, cramps, vomiting and diarrhea by athletes. These symptoms are due to changes in the blood flow because of increased demand from muscles to the heart, which reduces blood in the gut.

An Austrian study focused on the levels of a particular protein called zonulin, which plays a key role in the intestines. The study consisted of 23 men with an average age of 38 who were to receive either the probiotic blend (contained Bifidobacterium bifidum W23, Bifidobacterium lactis W51, Enterococcus faecium W54, Lactobacillus acidophilus W22, Lactobacillus brevis W63, and Lactococcus lactic W58) or placebo for 14 weeks.

Results showed that zonulin levels decreased significantly in the probiotic group compared with placebo. Markers of inflammation tended to be lower in the probiotic group. “The probiotic treatment decreased Zonulin in feces, a marker indicating enhanced gut permeability,” wrote Dr. Lamprecht.

“These results demonstrate promising benefits for probiotic use in athletic men.”

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