Probiotics reduced illness in elite athletes
by Newsletter Editor
Doctors said that the benefits of probiotics include boosting the immune function, and wanted to test the effects of probiotics in elite athletes. In the study, 20 active professional rugby players took a daily combination of probiotics or a placebo for four weeks, then switched placebo and probiotics for another four weeks. The probiotics combination included several lactobacilli and bifidobacteria varieties.
During the probiotics phases, nearly 50 percent of those taking probiotics reported having respiratory or gut illness symptoms compared to 80 percent of those during the placebo phases. Also during the probiotics phases, those taking probiotics reported 42 percent fewer days of illness compared to the placebo phases.