A recent report published on the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition shows that regular use of probiotic supplements may boost overall gut health for athletes.
This latest research from Austria suggests that supplements of a probiotic blend may improve gut function in performance athletes and help provide a way of reducing gastrointestinal complaints. Many athletes often have a high prevalence of gastrointestinal complaints including nausea, cramps, vomiting and diarrhea. These reactions are believed to be the result of a change in blood flow caused by increased demand from muscles and heart, which in turn reduces blood in the intestines. Less blood in your guts means that the permeability of the intestine is affected and this can increase an athlete’s susceptibility to infectious.
For the study, Austrian scientists focused on levels of a particular protein called zonulin, which plays an important role in the integrity of structures in the intestine called tight junction. The increased zonilin levels is indicative of a leak in the intestine. The results of the study showed that daily supplements for 14 weeks of a blend of probiotics strains were associated with decreases in zonulin concentrations.