Healthnotes November 2013
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If You're Healthy, Probiotics May Help You Avoid a Cold
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The study included 465 healthy people who had engaged in at least 30 minutes of exercise per week during the previous three months. They were divided into three groups:
Each group took their supplements for five months (150 days), beginning in the autumn and ending in the spring.
Probiotics delay and prevent colds
The participants kept daily records showing their physical activity, symptoms of common cold or other upper respiratory infection (such as sneezing, sore throat, congestion, and runny nose), and symptoms of intestinal infection (such as diarrhea, constipation, bloating, nausea, and abdominal pain). From these records, the researchers determined the following:
Avoiding colds allows for more exercise
“The positive effects of probiotic supplementation appear to extend beyond individuals considered to have a higher susceptibility to illness,” the study’s authors said. They also point out that the increase in exercise seen in the combination probiotic group suggests that probiotic protection may allow increased activity, “which will be of interest to those involved in competitive sport.”
Stay healthy all winter
This study’s findings add to the evidence that probiotics can help us avoid infections. Here are some other ways to lower your cold and flu risk:
(Clin Nutr 2013; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.clnu.2013.10.002)
Maureen Williams, ND, completed her doctorate in naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University in Seattle and has been in private practice since 1995. With an abiding commitment to access to care, she has worked in free clinics in the US and Canada, and in rural clinics in Guatemala and Honduras where she has studied traditional herbal medicine. She currently lives and practices in Victoria, BC, and lectures and writes extensively for both professional and community audiences on topics including family nutrition, menopause, anxiety and depression, heart disease, cancer, and easing stress. Dr. Williams is a regular contributor to Healthnotes Newswire.