Probiotics with protein improve the body after exercise
In this exercise study, 29 recreationally trained men, average age 22, took a daily dose of 20 grams of casein protein alone or with a probiotic containing 1 billion colonyforming units of bacillus coagulans. After two weeks, the men completed a session of intense exercise meant to damage the muscles.

Immediately after, everyone had sore, swollen muscles and difficulty recovering, but within 24 hours, while the protein-only group had not improved, the probiotics group was recovering. By 72 hours, the probiotics group also had less soreness, which doctors confirmed by measuring fewer signs of muscle damage.

In a measure of strength, during the muscle-damaging exercise, the probiotics group maintained the same level of strength as at the start of the study, while the protein-only group did not. Doctors said the probiotic may have made the protein more absorbable, improving strength and accelerating recovery of physical performance.

Reference: PeerJ; July, 2016, Published Online.
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