Multi-strain Probiotic May Boost Gut Health in Healthy People
Probiotics are well known for their beneficial effects on gastrointestinal health. A recent study suggests that taking a daily supplement of a multi-strain probiotic may boost intestinal health, even in healthy people.
Participants in the study included 40 healthy people who were given a multi-strain probiotic daily for six weeks. The supplement contains the following 8 probiotic strains: Bifidobacterium lactis W51, Bifidobacterium lactis W52, Lactobacillus acidophilus W22, Lactobacillus paracasei W20, Lactobacillus plantarum W21, Lactobacillus salivarius W24, Lactococcus lactis W19, Enterococcus faecium W54
Gastrointestinal functional parameters were documented using the Eypasch questionnaire each week for the duration of the study,. Quality of life was measured at the beginning and the end of the study.
At the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted a reduction on the total gastrointestinal symptom score from an average of 10 at baseline to 6. They also noted a significant increase in the percentage of participants who no longer showed any symptoms of gastrointestinal pain, bloating, or flatulence. Finally, they noted an upward trend in the scores, suggesting that improvement would continue with longer use.
Researchers from Mediscope in Switzerland led the study. It was published in the December 2016 issue of AiM.
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.