Probiotic Strain May Help Improve Bone Health Later in Life
Bone fragility is rarely detected before the first fracture, so preventative measures are particularly important. A recent study suggests that taking a probiotic supplement may improve bone health in mature women by up to 50%.
Participants in the study included 90 women with an average age of 76. Over the course of 12 months, the women took either a freeze-dried formulation of L. reuteri 6475 in doses of 5 billion colony-forming units mixed with maltodextrin powder or a placebo in the form of maltodextrin powder twice daily.
At the conclusion of the supplementation period, the researchers measured the women’s bone loss in their lower legs, using a CT scan. Those measurements were compared with measurements taken at the beginning of the study. The researchers found that the women who took the supplement only lost half as much bone as those who took the placebo.
Researchers from the Geriatric Medicine Department of Internal Medicine and Clinical Nutrition conducted the study. It was published on June 21, 2018, in the Journal of Internal Medicine.