What we know for sure
About 12 months ago I reviewed the state of probiotic research in this article (published on our sister site uni-vite.com/microbiotic): Best probiotic strains for a healthy gut - Microbiotic Plus Probiotics (uni-vite.com).
I do recommend you read it – because there is no doubt that the health of your microbiome is a major factor in your physical and mental health.
We know that there is a correlation between the level and diversity of ‘good’ bacteria in your gut and longevity.
We also know that probiotics can improve the absorption of nutrients from the gut – especially important as you get older. And probiotics can improve immune function by improving the ratio of good to ‘bad’ intestinal microbes.
The report that top US university MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) is using Crispr gene editing technology to create ‘designer microbes’ that could reduce the methane that cows release, prompted me to check if there was any reason to modify that August 2022 report.
Colin Rose is a Senior Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
He is the Founder and Director of Research and Innovation of Uni-Vite Healthcare and author of a recent book: Delay Ageing: Healthy to 100, where he reveals how to slow ageing and, therefore, help prevent later-life illness.
Probiotics reduce long covid severity
A University of Cambridge study has shown that 4 specific strains of probiotics – including Lactobacillus plantarum and Lactobacillus rhamnosus, both of which are in Microbiotic Plus – were found to reduce the impact of both acute and long-term COVID. That’s almost certainly because they help reduce inflammation.
Probiotics effective for IBS and gut inflammatory issues
The US National Institutes for Health (NIH) surveyed the current state of probiotic research. Here are the top findings:
A review of 53 studies (5,545 total participants) of probiotics for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) concluded that probiotics definitely have beneficial effects on global IBS symptoms and abdominal pain.
A review of 21 studies in patients with ulcerative colitis (1,700 participants) indicated that adding probiotics, prebiotics, or ‘synbiotics’ (combination of pro- and pre-biotics) to conventional treatment can be helpful in inducing or maintaining remission of the disease.
Probiotics effective in preventing diarrhoea
11 studies (5,143 participants) of probiotics or prebiotics for prevention of traveller’s diarrhoea found evidence that they may be helpful. Other studies show effectiveness for infectious diarrhoea.
Probiotics reduce allergy reactions
A review of 23 studies (1,919 participants) in which probiotics were tested for treating allergic rhinitis (hay fever) found some evidence that they may be helpful for improving symptoms and quality of life.
Probiotics reduce number and severity of upper respiratory tract infections like colds and flu
Probiotics have been tested for their effects against upper respiratory tract infections (a group that includes the common cold, middle ear infections, sinusitis, and various throat infections). 12 studies with 3,720 total participants indicated that people taking probiotics have fewer and shorter upper respiratory tract infections.
Boost your fibre intake
Probiotic supplementation is one way to improve your microbiome and defend against specific issues. But a general recommendation is to increase your prebiotic ie. fibre intake. It’s the food your probiotics need to replicate, and it is a cheap and successful way to improve your health span.
See the article on this site: Top Blue Zone longevity foods are beans
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