New Study: Prebiotic PreforPro® Shows Synbiotic Benefits for GI Function

Deerland Probiotics and Enzymes has announced the publication of a human clinical trial demonstrating the synbiotic benefits of PreforPro®, a unique and proprietary blend of bacteriophages, in promoting the balance of good bacteria in the microbiome.

The goal of the parallel-arm study was to investigate whether adding bacteriophages with a probiotic would provide additional benefits to gastrointestinal function as well as augment the microbiota in the gut compared to the probiotic by itself, suggesting a truly synergistic capability.

The study, “PHAGE-2 Study: Supplemental Bacteriophages Extend Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis BL04 Benefits on Gut Health and Microbiota”, published in Nutrients, was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical intervention trial. In this study, 66 participants were randomly assigned to one of three groups: placebo; Bifidobacterium animalis BL04 (B. lactis BL04) 1 billion CFU; or B. lactis BL04 (1 billion CFU) plus PreforPro (15mg). Participants consumed one capsule per day for four weeks. The outcomes sought were impacts on GI discomfort as well as changes or modulation of the gut microbiota.

Overall, the researchers found that the individuals in the B. lactis plus PreforPro group showed the following:

  • Improvements in self-reported GI inflammation symptoms
  • Reduction in colonic cramp discomfort
  • Greater increase in the presence of Lactobacillus vs. placebo
  • Decrease of strains Citrobacter and Desulfovibrio, which are associated with gut inflammation and GI disorders
  • Reduction in E. coli

In conclusion, the study demonstrates that supplementing B. lactis BL04 with PreforPro can significantly modulate gut ecology to favor beneficial bacteria. “In addition, a lack of global changes to the microbiota (dysbiosis) in combination with specific modulation of certain taxa, like Lactobacillus, suggests that PreforPro displays prebiotic-like effects and may extend the GI benefits of consuming B. lactis or other probiotics.,” says John Deaton, vice president of science and technology for Deerland Probiotics & Enzymes.

“This study demonstrates the opportunity and capability of phages in the robust support of healthy microflora balance and the associated physiological benefits. Phages are clearly up-and-coming supplements in the rapidly burgeoning arena of microbiome support.”

Condition-Specific Probiotics for Sleep, Mood and the Immune System

Probiotics are known as “good” or “beneficial” bacteria. Probiotic supplements and foods rich in them can deliver many benefits for the human body. Dozens of different probiotic bacteria contribute to improved health.

Most people are aware of how they help the digestive system, but probiotics impact other aspects of health, as well. With this in mind, the product development specialists at Deerland stand ready to provide turnkey product formulations solutions, as well as help with developing customized, condition-specific formulas with a probiotic base. Let’s look at the benefits of probiotics for sleep, mood and the immune system.

Probiotics and Better Sleep

Everyone wants more restorative sleep. According to the American Sleep Association (ASA), 50 to 70 million adults have a sleep disorder. Insomnia is the most common.

Because of the prevalence of inadequate sleep, many seek treatments, including taking supplements. A specially formulated probiotic for rest could provide relief. An example sleep support with probiotics formula may include:

  • Probiotic Bacillus subtilisDE111®: It aids in keeping intestines healthy and digestion normal. If the digestive system works efficiently, it’s much easier to find restful sleep.
  • Prebiotic PreforPro®: This ingredient may relieve occasional stomach discomfort, as it stimulates beneficial bacteria growth in the gut.
  • Melatonin: This natural hormone works through the endocrine system, supporting the sleep/wake cycle of the circadian rhythm.
  • Herbs and Botanicals known for supporting sleep, such as lemon balm extract, chamomile or valerian root:

Probiotics in combination with botanical blends and other functional ingredients can promote healthy sleep, often making it more restorative.

Probiotics and Mood

Improving mood could start with the right probiotic supplement. Adding vitamins and amino acids in the formula encourages a normal, healthy mood. A good mood support with probiotics formula may consist of:

  • Bacillus subtilisDE111®: DE111 aids in the growth of good bacteria in the gut while out-competing undesirable bacteria for improved digestion. Some intestinal microbiota can secrete neurotransmitters. Increased amounts of good bacteria can have a positive impact on mood.
  • Bifidobacterium longum: This probiotic strain features in several studiesfocusing on the effects of probiotic supplementation on mood state. Those studies propose that probiotics may improve psychological well-being by ameliorating aspects of mood and sleep quality, reinforcing the theory of the gut-brain axis.
  • Solarplast®: This spinach extract contains photosynthetic complexes of energy molecules, vitamins and powerful antioxidants. They spark cellular energy production, which the body needs for all systems. The high antioxidant content may work to contest free radical damage, a cause of neuroinflammation. This can directly impact mood.
  • Additional vitamins and amino acids known to support a healthy mood, such as Vitamin D3 and L-theanine

Probiotics and the Immune System

A probiotic supplement with additional immune support ingredients can be very beneficial to the body. Probiotics already support gut health, which is critical to the immune system. A probiotic formula to support immune health could include:

  • Spore-forming probiotic bacteria with scientifically researched immune health benefits, such as B. subtilis DE111®, B. coagulans, and B. clausii
  • Solarplast®: This ingredient delivers detoxifying antioxidants, which can slow cell damage caused by free radicals. It contains glutathione and its enzyme partners that accelerate antioxidant reactions.
  • Immune health-supporting vitamins, minerals and immunostimulants like vitamin C, zinc, and beta glucan

Condition Specific Probiotic Formulas from Deerland

Deerland works with supplement brand marketers to develop these types of condition-specific probiotic formulas for sleep, mood and immune health. Learn more about our products today.

New Study: Prebiotic PreforPro® Shows Synbiotic Benefits for GI Function

Deerland Probiotics and Enzymes has announced the publication of a human clinical trial demonstrating the synbiotic benefits of PreforPro®, a unique and proprietary blend of bacteriophages, in promoting the balance of good bacteria in the microbiome.

The goal of the parallel-arm study was to investigate whether adding bacteriophages with a probiotic would provide additional benefits to gastrointestinal function as well as augment the microbiota in the gut compared to the probiotic by itself, suggesting a truly synergistic capability.

The study, “PHAGE-2 Study: Supplemental Bacteriophages Extend Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis BL04 Benefits on Gut Health and Microbiota”, published in Nutrients, was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical intervention trial. In this study, 66 participants were randomly assigned to one of three groups: placebo; Bifidobacterium animalis BL04 (B. lactis BL04) 1 billion CFU; or B. lactis BL04 (1 billion CFU) plus PreforPro (15mg). Participants consumed one capsule per day for four weeks. The outcomes sought were impacts on GI discomfort as well as changes or modulation of the gut microbiota.

Overall, the researchers found that the individuals in the B. lactis plus PreforPro group showed the following:

  • Improvements in self-reported GI inflammation symptoms
  • Reduction in colonic cramp discomfort
  • Greater increase in the presence of Lactobacillus vs. placebo
  • Decrease of strains Citrobacter and Desulfovibrio, which are associated with gut inflammation and GI disorders
  • Reduction in E. coli

In conclusion, the study demonstrates that supplementing B. lactis BL04 with PreforPro can significantly modulate gut ecology to favor beneficial bacteria. “In addition, a lack of global changes to the microbiota (dysbiosis) in combination with specific modulation of certain taxa, like Lactobacillus, suggests that PreforPro displays prebiotic-like effects and may extend the GI benefits of consuming B. lactis or other probiotics.,” says John Deaton, vice president of science and technology for Deerland Probiotics & Enzymes.

“This study demonstrates the opportunity and capability of phages in the robust support of healthy microflora balance and the associated physiological benefits. Phages are clearly up-and-coming supplements in the rapidly burgeoning arena of microbiome support.”

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Finding The Balance Between Gut Health and Stress, Energy Levels, Mood and Sleep

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact society, concern for overall health has become a priority in addition to general immune support and other more targeted goals.

This broader approach to health will likely persist well into the new normal and beyond, with support for stress relief, mood, restful sleep, brain function, eye health and gut health set to play a lasting role in healthier habits.

With that in mind, Deerland has crafted a variety of condition-specific solutions aimed at translating a healthier gut into better overall health and well-being.

The Link Between Gut Health and Overall Well-Being

The neural, endocrine and immune systems form what’s known as the “gut-brain axis,” a pathway that allows for communication between the brain and gut and for a link that intertwines the health of the two.

A study published in “frontiers in Psychiatry” explored this connection and how  modifying a person’s microbial environment could elevate overall health, reporting that “overall, probiotics intake was noted to exert a positive effect on depressive mood state and sleep quality.”

In fact, the “exploratory study [showed] an improvement across time in different aspect of the profile of mood state, like sad mood, anger and fatigue only in healthy individuals which took probiotics.”

Put simply, adding probiotics to the routine of healthy individuals helped elevate their mood and promote quality sleep, which positively impacts stress and energy levels and more.

How Probiotics and Gut Health Elevate Overall Health and Mood

Probiotics exhibit many beneficial effects in those who utilize them, including:

– Strengthening and reinforcing the body’s immune system

– Aiding in digestion

– Helping ease commons issues like diarrhea and bloating

However, this new link between probiotics and gut health and mental well-being and mood is also producing promising effects.

In general, research shows that gastrointestinal irritation might signal the central nervous system to alter mood. It follows, then, that encouraging healthy gut changes using probiotics could lead to similar mood alterations, but for the better.

This could play a critical role in the health of a large segment of society, as research indicates that up to 30-40% of the population experiences some form of functional bowel problem.

While there’s still more to learn about the intricacies of the gut-brain axis, probiotics seem to have a key role to play in the future of both overall health and treatment of sleep and mood disorders.

How Deerland Supports this Journey toward Better Sleep, Mood and Energy

Deerland takes pride in crafting a variety of innovative probiotic solutions developed by our Ph.D.-led research and development team.

DE111, our clinically studied strain of Bacillus subtilis, delivers digestive and immune health benefits in the form of supplements, foods and beverages, providing an easy pathway toward caring for gut health and overall well-being.

To learn more about how Deerland helps deliver the benefits of good gut health visit https://www.deerland.com.

Renewed Healthy Habits Mindset Pushes Supplement Growth

The impact of the current health crisis is reaching every corner of the health-conscious market. U.S. consumers are looking for traditional and non-traditional ways to boost health, with desires encompassing both immunity support and products for other condition-specific concerns.

This renewed interest in healthy habits, coupled with high-stress levels, is causing significant growth in the supplement industry.

How Health-Conscious Are U.S. Consumers Today?

The drive to be healthy includes multiple factors. It’s not just what you eat or if you exercise regularly. Often, those consumers that are the most health-conscious add supplements to the mix.

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) reported that 77% of U.S. adults take a supplement, per its 2019 survey. This number could easily be trending up based on market forecasts from the Nutrition Business Journal.

NBJ released new data on sales and growth of specific segments, including supplements that target stress, mood and sleep. This growth also applies to support for brain, eye, and gut health.

It’s not a surprise to see consumers seeking dietary supplements during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. It may provide them greater peace of mind in protecting their health. This new cognizance of the supplement market will likely be long-lasting, especially if consumers see results.

Probiotics: A Supplement That Supports Gut Health and More

One of the most popular supplements for consumers is probiotics. The growth of this market portion has been consistent, with a Research and Markets Report stating an expected 6% growth from 2019 to 2025. This same report also notes a possible strong surge throughout 2020.

Consumers can easily find supplements on eCommerce sites. They aren’t limited to a typical brick-and-mortar transaction, so retail disruption should have little impact on accessibility.

What many individuals find attractive about probiotics is their ability to support several areas. Their first job is to improve gut health, but because of the effects of gut health on the whole body, they can also be of use for stress, mood and sleep challenges.

Specially formulated probiotics answer this call and provide a more personalized approach to supplements. It’s not only a probiotic, but it includes ingredients to help with other concerns, including:

• Healthy skin
• Sleep support
• Women’s health
• Immune support
• Mood normalizers

Consumers likely have multiple supplement needs. If it’s possible to address those with one dose, it offers them convenience.

These buyers are also knowledgeable of the connection between gut health and immunity. It’s true that 70% of the body’s immune cells are in the digestive tract. As consumers pursue new remedies for building immunity, they’ll continue to stock up on probiotics.

Meeting Consumer Demand

Supplements, especially probiotics, are attractive to consumers in the current environment. How will you meet the demand? Having a broad selection of condition-specific formulations incorporating probiotics will be critical.

New Study: Enzyme Blend ProHydrolase® Potentiates Amino Acid Uptake

A newly published study adds to the portfolio of research demonstrating ProHydolase®, a proprietary protease enzyme blend from Deerland Probiotics & Enzymes, enhances the benefit of whey protein when taken together.

Deerland Probiotics and Enzymes has announced the publication of a clinical study demonstrating the effects of ProHydrolase® added to whey protein on post-resistance exercise aminoacidemia (very high uptake of amino acids in the blood).

To be effective, whey (and other) protein must be cleaved into smaller particle sizes within approximately 90 minutes after ingestion, from the time it arrives at the small intestine, the location where it is digested and absorbed. After absorption, the amino acids are utilized by the muscles for building and repair. This study underscores the need to support the body’s ability to break down the peptides in whey protein into smaller particle sizes for improved digestion and absorption. This is especially beneficial for athletes, trainers or other fitness enthusiasts who consume whey protein powders daily for muscle gain and strength.

The study, “The Effect of ProHydrolase® on the Amino Acid and Intramuscular Anabolic Signaling Response to Resistance Exercise in Trained Males”, published in Sports, is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study involving resistance-trained males. Participants completed four sets of 8–10 repetitions on the leg press and leg extension exercises, after which they consumed either 26g of whey protein alone, 26g of whey protein plus 250mg of ProHydrolase, or placebo.

Results showed that compared to immediately after consumption (0 minutes), those in the ProHydrolase+whey group demonstrated significantly elevated plasma leucine levels (33% increase) at 30 minutes.

These data corroborate previous research on ProHydrolase and amino acid concentrations where levels of leucine in the blood increased by 5% after 4 hours. Leucine availability has widespread relevance to supporting long-term human health. Leucine is the branch-chain amino acids (BCAA) which is the trigger for muscle synthesis that supports growth and repair of skeletal muscle, skin, and bones. It also supports regulation of blood-sugar levels and is a potentiator to Human Growth Hormone.

Additionally, the new study also showed that at 30 minutes post-consumption the ProHydrolase+whey group experienced a significant increase in BCAA plasma levels compared to those in the whey protein alone group — a difference of 33% for leucine, 32% for all BCAAs and 29% for essential amino acids. These remained elevated at 180 minutes post-ingestion.

“ProHydrolase is like protein powder’s perfect partner,” said Dr. John Deaton, vice president of science and technology at Deerland Probiotics & Enzymes. “The enzyme blend potentiates the powder’s ability to protect and improve muscle structure, especially after vigorous workouts. Without ProHydolase, whey or other protein powders may not be optimally used by the body.”

This study supports earlier clinical research showing that a dose of 10mg of ProHydrolase® per gram of whey protein isolate increased total amino acids in the blood (by 20%), as well as in vitro data showing that after 90 minutes, ProHydrolase increases the bioavailability of whey protein amino acids.

Deaton concluded, “More people are becoming active and using protein powders, whey or plant-based, in the singular attempt to feed their muscles. ProHydrolase is, without a doubt, a potent and perfect protein partner.”

Why Probiotic Gummies Should Join Your Product Line-Up

Probiotics are top-of-mind in today’s modern health landscape and are an essential way for people to maintain and improve digestive health. However, many consumers struggle with “pill fatigue” or prefer chewable over traditional supplements. In fact, adult gummies, are one of the fastest-growing segments in the vitamin market these days. By introducing probiotics into the gummy delivery system, manufacturers can meet this demand with a delicious and efficacious new way.

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The Benefits of Digestive Enzyme Supplements

Enzymes provide all kinds of health benefits, including digestive function improvement. Natural digestive enzymes work to break down the foods we eat into small, digestible molecules.

While enzymes are both produced by the body and found in raw foods, many people still don’t get enough of them naturally. Enzyme production decreases with age, and some enzymes simply aren’t produced by your body. The good news is, you can add enzyme supplements to your diet to help improve digestive function and health. But how exactly does this work? Learn more below.

How Enzyme Supplements Can Aid FODMAP Sensitivities

Strong links have been found between foods that are FODMAPs – which stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols – and gastric upset, including gas, bloating stomach pain, diarrhea and constipation.

For people who experience these intolerances, adopting a low-FODMAP diet can ease symptoms, though foods spurring these symptoms are often healthy and beneficial.

What if there was a way to not only enjoy FODMAP foods and their benefits, but also help avoid those disruptive symptoms?

Digestive enzyme supplements have a key role to play in helping you do just that.

What Goes into a Low-FODMAP Diet?

FODMAPs are a family of short-chain carbohydrates found in a variety of otherwise beneficial foods considered helpful prebiotics.

Specifically, FODMAPs include:

  • Fruits
  • Dairy products, specifically due to lactose
  • Stone fruits, such as avocado, peaches and apricots
  • Honey, high fructose corn syrup and other high-fructose foods
  • Wheat, onion, and other galactans
  • Sweeteners featuring polyols

When avoiding these foods, low-FODMAP dieters typically turn to foods like:

  • Meats
  • Lactose-free dairy options
  • Gluten-free products

Even low-FODMAP dieters may be able to eat FODMAPs in moderation, allowing them to take advantage of the beneficial health effects of these foods, and supplements can aid in that moderate consumption.

Easing Discomfort and Symptoms Without Skipping Benefits

While there’s no guaranteed, end-all-be-all solution for consuming FODMAPs, experimenting with different supplements can help you understand how they might help with your own, individual intolerances in conjunction with a low-FODMAP diet.

Basically, certain enzymes can aid your body in breaking down the FODMAPs that cause digestive upset for you, giving you an avenue toward easing your symptoms, particularly during times when you aren’t in full control of what you’ll be eating.

While amylase, glucoamylase, lactase, cellulase and other individual enzymes can be found in separate supplements and tailored to your specific intolerances, multi-carbohydrase enzyme supplements can often provide a more complete, proactive plan.

These enzymes help your body break down a variety of FODMAPs, allowing them to be better absorbed by the small intestine to prevent them being used as food for gas-producing bacteria.

Other Helpful Tips

In addition to monitoring your diet and taking enzyme supplements, there are other, more-specific tricks you can leverage to mitigate your symptoms.

These include:

  • Monitoring your usage of supplements carefully to determine what’s working best for you – experimenting can help you nail down your own helpful strategy.
  • Looking for innovative products that can bolster your low-FODMAP diet
  • Starting with small portions, even when utilizing supplements, before ramping up intake
  • Take your supplements with the first bite or sip of a food for best results
  • Look out for sweeteners in over-the-counter supplements – don’t make your efforts meaningless with a supplement containing FODMAPs, itself!

With careful attention, thorough experimentation and a combination of a low-FODMAP diet and beneficial enzyme supplements, you can tackle your digestive upset and ease the symptoms that keep you from being the best and healthiest version of yourself.

For more helpful information on digestive health, visit deerland.com/digestible.

Boosting Immunity Through the Gut: How Prebiotics and Probiotics Enhance Overall Well-being

The one health aspect on everyone’s mind right now (and for the foreseeable future) is “immune system.”

Unlike the brain, heart or liver, organs we can identify and generally locate in our bodies, ask someone to point to his or her immune system…you’re likely to get differing opinions or maybe even no response to the question. While immune activity occurs throughout the body, if someone points to his or her gut, this is largely correct. And this is where products (supplements, foods and beverages) formulated for immunity can provide benefit. Immune support products featuring prebiotics and probiotics are the products not only of the future – but of the now.

Research is revealing more clearly the strong relationship between the GI tract and the immune system. The intestines contain more immune cells than the entire rest of the human body. In many cases, immune dysfunction begins with a ‘failure to communicate’ in the human gut. Considering 80 percent of the immune system is in the digestive tract, maintaining a healthy gut is a major focal point in the pursuit to support overall health and immunity.

When the digestive system is functioning properly it serves as a barrier to bacteria, viruses and pathogens. Poor digestion leaves the body and the immune system lacking key components for building blocks, barriers, body defense mechanisms.

How Probiotics Prime the Immune System
Probiotics have been used largely to improve gut health by restoring and maintaining favorable intestinal microbiota. Probiotics support the gut microbiota by producing bacteriocins, facilitating competitive inhibition of pathogenic bacteria, inhibiting bacterial adherence, reducing luminal pH, enhancing the intestinal barrier function by increasing mucus production, producing short chain fatty acids, creating essential amino acids and other nutrients the body needs to function and grow. All these activities result in strengthening immune function.

Probiotics play a crucial role in the development and operation of the mucosal immune system in the digestive tract. When the mucosal membrane lining of the intestines is compromised, immunity is also compromised and there is a greater risk of symptom development.

Bifidobacteria in the intestines are known to provide gut barrier protection. In addition, research has shown that Bifidobacteria help to support the immune system by regulating activity of lymphocytes and phagocytes, which are cells that are essential for fighting infections. Many strains of Lactobacilli have also been shown to support immune function.

Bacillus subtilis has been shown to promote healthy digestion in the intestinal tract, and it also produces various enzymes that facilitate digestion and excretion. It regulates the host’s microbiota and inhibits the growth of pathogenic bacteria. All these activities create an optimal environment for the immune system to function. B. subtilis is a spore-forming probiotic, characterized by its ability to form an endospore (a tough shell) to protect itself from potentially degrading conditions.

The DE111® strain of B. subtilis dually promotes healthy digestive function and immune response by helping resident beneficial bacteria to flourish and multiply, better prohibiting pathogenic or irrelevant bacteria from nestling in. DE111 also primes the immune system, so when foreign invaders enter, the body is able to react faster and stronger to push back and destroy them. Multiple clinical studies support the digestive and immune health benefits of DE111:

  • One study showed that the spore-former generated favorable microbial balance in the gut, supports more effective lower GI digestion and thus supporting overall health.
  • A study in collegiate athletes revealed that after taking DE111® along with post-workout protein supplements for three months, their immune markers were improved and there was a reduction in the pro-inflammatory compound TNF-α.
  • A recently completed study of 93 healthy young children showed that DE111® consumption helped improve immune response. For example, DE111 showed a significant decrease in duration of symptoms associated with illness (cold/flu). Significant differences in the DE111 group included reduced duration of hard stools and vomiting.
  • Preliminary results of a soon-to-be-published study showed that DE111® consumption correlated with a decrease in the basal levels of several immune cell populations, and that the probiotic was able to improve the body’s immune response by eliciting a quicker response to an inflammation stimulus.

Prebiotics
A product addressing immune health can be empowered by the addition of a prebiotic, which supports the proliferation of good bacteria (probiotics) in the gut. Deerland’s innovative prebiotic ingredient is PreforPro®, a unique prebiotic bacteriophage blend that modulates the microbiota and begins to work several hours after ingestion.

PreforPro is a dual-action prebiotic – it destabilizes the cell wall of the undesirable bacteria, which then provides nutrients and space for the good bacteria to grow. PreforPro has been shown to modulate the gut microbiota and encourage the balance of good bacteria over bad. With the unwanted bacteria at a disadvantage, healthy probiotic bacteria have room to take up residence in the gut and flourish. This results in better digestion and improved immune support.

In a clinical study, after 28-days of consuming 15mg of PreforPro daily, researchers found that the phage cocktail positively influenced the gut microbiota, including increased populations of the genera Eubacteria, one of the most abundant in the healthy human gut. Additionally, the researchers saw a reduction in the circulating pro-inflammatory cytokine Il-4.

Launching an Immune Support Supplement Product
At Deerland, our formulation expertise is anchored by the knowledge of how probiotics and prebiotics can work in concert with other functional ingredients.

A sound formulation for a product that supports immune health could include a combination of spore-forming probiotic strains including Bacillus subtilis DE111®, along with additional immunostimulants, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants known for supporting immunity like Vitamin C, Zinc and beta-glucans. Deerland works with customers to develop and launch such products based on the customers target market or specific needs. An additional turnkey product solution is the YourBrand Immuno product line offered by Deerland. These products are available in capsules, fast melt stick packs, mixable powder stick packs and chewable tablets, and are formulated to include Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Bifidobacterium animalis and Vitamin C. Deerland formulates products with ingredients based on studies showing that they can promote healthy immune functions and help support the body’s natural immune system defenses.

After all, the best defense is an optimally functioning defense.

Probiotics and Athletes: New Findings Support Probiotics as Key to Performance and Recovery

Rest, hydration, training, clean eating – these make up much of the traditional core of athletic preparation, and many athletes rely on a regimen chock-full of these solutions to elevate their performance and aid in recovery.

However, according to a new report presented by the International Society for Sports Nutrition (ISSN), they might be missing out on a key ingredient by ignoring the role probiotics can play in their health.

Probiotics offer athletes a wide range of benefits, providing a simple way to improve overall health and prevent common health issues.

Key Findings About Probiotics’ Role in the Health of Athletes

Though the ISSN position paper’s lead author, Dr. Ralf Jaeger, noted that more research is needed regarding the potential of probiotics for athletes, the paper’s findings largely trended toward probiotics playing an impactful and positive role.

Highlights of the team’s findings include:

• Particularly in the case of amino acids from protein, probiotics may increase nutrient absorption in athletes.
• Athletes are at high risk of immune system depression, but specific probiotic strains may help limit and control upper respiratory infections in athletes.
• “Leaky gut” is often a symptom of strenuous exercise, but probiotics can boost gut integrity in athletes.
• Specific, anti-inflammatory strains of probiotics may aid in muscle recovery.

Easing Common Health Concerns in Athletes

The stress athletes place on their bodies makes addressing and treating unique challenges critical, and probiotics can play an important role in that process.

While the ISSN’s findings highlight the ability of probiotics to care for athletes’ immune systems, prevent “leaky gut,” and boost muscle recovery, the benefits don’t stop there.

In addition, probiotics may also promote a more favorable metabolism, help sustain overall health outside of the gut and post-training muscle recovery, improve body composition, and more.

Achieving the Right Balance of Prebiotics and Probiotics

While the benefits of probiotics are clear, achieving a well-balanced gut, particularly in the context of a holistic approach to health, can be challenging.

Striking that balance is critical, as a healthy microbiome supports macronutrient digestion, optimizing nutrient absorption and health benefits.

Fortunately, adding probiotics and prebiotics to athletes’ routines is simpler than ever.

Foods common in athletic diets, like yogurt, fruit, vegetables, oatmeal and more already provide beneficial prebiotics and probiotics, but supplements are evolving every day to become easier to implement in addition to these nutritional choices.

Supplements are showing up in a variety of intake methods, including gummies, mini-drinks and even straws. Products like Deerland’s DE111, a clinically studied strain of Bacillus subtilis, can provide benefits like:

• Control of microbial populations
• Regularity promotion
• Body composition improvement

To learn more about probiotics’ role in a healthier gut, visit https://www.deerland.com/de111/about-probiotics/