More Hospitals Administering Probiotics to Patients
Ongoing research continues to link probiotic consumption with a range of health benefits, resulting in increased usage amongst the general population. Now, a recent study has found that more and more hospitals are giving their patients probiotics during their stay.
For this study, researchers surveyed 145 American hospitals with approximately 2 million discharges in 2012. They found that probiotics were used in 2.6% of hospitalizations and in 96% of the hospitals.
Of the probiotics administered, the most common were Saccharomyces boulardii, Lactobacillus acidophilus, L. bugaricus, L. acidophilus, and L. rhamnosus. They also found that between 2006 and 2012, probiotic use increased from 1% of hospital discharges to 2.9%.
Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on January 25, 2016, in the American Journal of Infection Control.
While probiotics are most commonly linked to improving digestion and gut health, they have also been shown to have other health benefits, including a stronger immune system, and a reduced risk of chronic disease.
Probiotics can be found naturally in many foods, such as yogurt, milk and sauerkraut. You may also consider taking a high quality supplement but make sure it is packaged to block light, air and moisture, which can easily kill probiotics.