Probiotics Shown to Boost Immune Function by as Much as 66%
You probably already know that ingesting probiotics, or friendly bacteria, is an effective way to improve your digestion and strengthen your immune system. Now, research published in the British Journal of Nutrition shows just how effective probiotics can be at increasing immune function.
Organic Authority reports:
Conducted in partnership between the University of Southampton in England and the University of Milan, and the Luigi Sacco Hospital in Milan, Italy, study participants that ingested bifidobacterium animalis ssp. Lactis (BB-12) or Lactobacillus paracasei ssp. Paracasei (L. casei 431) showed raised levels — as high as 66 percent — of the immune system antibody IgG3.
Study participants who were given the probiotics over a two-week period were then inoculated with a standard flu vaccine. Tested again four weeks after receiving the vaccine, the probiotic group’s immune antibodies showed substantial increases while the placebo group’s results were considerably less impressive. The study findings corroborate previous studies that also found a connection between daily intake of probiotic strains and enhanced immune system function.
So how can you be sure that you’re getting plenty of probiotics as cold and flu season approaches? Cultured foods, such as unpasteurized sauerkraut or kimchi, miso soup, yogurt and kefir, are all good sources. Probiotic supplements are another great way to get the beneficial bacteria your body needs. Look for a multi-strain formula with at least 10 billion CFU count of friendly bacteria.