Recent studies by The American Heart Association show that the continued intake of probiotic Lactobacillus can contribute to lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. Individuals with moderate-to-severe hyperglyceridemia who daily took lactobacillus strains of probiotics for 12 weeks experienced a 20 percent decrease in triglyceride levels. Additionally, while fish oils are on the decline, probiotics experienced an increase in users, especially among men.
As antibiotic resistance increases due to the overprescription of patients, new studies support the theory that certain probiotic strains can overcome the resistant "superbugs" and kill problematic bacteria. One report confirms probiotics' ability to fight MRSA and several other viral infections effectively.
Researchers recently trialed 200 college students over a 3 month period and discovered that probiotics Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium reduced the duration and severity of the common cold when compared to the control group who took no probiotics.
Recent reports are trickling in that probiotics can actually improve the quality of life in people affected by Celiac disease by reducing internal damage caused by gliadin, a protein in gluten foods that mediates inflammatory response.
Did you know that probiotics play a major role in fracture prevention of bone by increasing bone density? Recent animal studies confirm that probiotics actually control the rate of new bone formation. Therefore, the healthier your gut bacteria is, the faster your body is able to form new bone!