Probiotics Plus Casein May Boost Workout Performance
While numerous studies have found a correlation between probiotics and stronger immune systems in athletes, a recent study has found that probiotics plus casein may actually boost athletic performance.
Casein is the most abundant protein in milk.
Participants in the study included 10 healthy, resistance-trained people with an average age of 22 for their study who were instructed to take either 20g of casein or 20g of casein plus 500 million cfus of the BC30 probiotic twice daily.
At the conclusion of the study, the probiotic group had a trend in increase in vertical jump power when compared with the casein-only group. Results also indicated that the probiotics were associated with better peak power and an effect on fat mass.
The researchers noted that this was a pilot study and more research needs to be done to determine the exact correlation between probiotics and exercise performance.
Researchers from The University of Tampa and Increnovo LLC conducted the study. It was presented at the 2014 ISSN Annual Meeting.
Probiotics are most commonly linked to improving digestion and gut health. However, they have also been shown to help strengthen the immune system and reduce the 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.
Casein can also be found in milk and has been linked in previous studies with building muscle and aiding weight loss.