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The microbiome and its links with health and disease is a growing area of research. As we become increasingly aware of the role of our microbiota and its influence on digestion, immunity, mental health, weight and performance, the papers and articles discussing this topic appear almost daily.

Here, we summarise some of the latest reviews and news.

Probiotics for athletes

Probiotic supplementation with variety of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium strains showed the improvement of gastrointestinal symptoms during exercise training and competition in athletes. The most beneficial effects to reduce frequency and severity of gut symptoms and

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Probiotics for depression and anxiety

A recent meta-analysis of 34 placebo-controlled clinical trials evaluated the effects of probiotics and prebiotics on depression and anxiety. The supplementation with probiotics showed small but significant effects on depression and anxiety.

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Probiotics for the endurance athletes

Our latest intervention study with marathon runners showed that four weeks of supplementation with Lab4 probiotics reduced the incidence and severity of gastrointestinal symptoms prior to and during a marathon race. The runners supplemented with Lab4 probiotics maintained their running speed during the latter stages of the race.

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Probiotics and antibiotic use

The antibiotic use with Infants and children who received probiotics to reduce the risk of acute respiratory tract infections, acute lower digestive tract infections or acute otitis media have a 29% lower relative risk of being prescribed antibiotics

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Probiotics and NAFLD

This review assessed the efficacy of probiotics, prebiotics or synbiotics in the management of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). A total of 1309 patients with NAFLD from 25 studies (11 probiotic, 9 prebiotic and 7

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Probiotics and atopy prevention

Probiotics significantly reduced the risk of atopic sensitisation by 29% when administered prenatally to the pregnant mother and postnatally to infant (RR 0.71; 95% CI, 0.57 to 0.89) and the risk of food sensitization (RR

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Probiotics for the airways

Probiotics showed improvement of the clinical symptoms and quality of life in allergic rhinitis patients. The results from the studies investigating the potential of probiotic supplementation in the treatment of patients with asthma are promising.

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Probiotics and respiratory allergies

Respiratory allergies caused by house dust mites are one of the most common triggers of allergic rhinitis and asthma. This review summarises the current evidence for the use of probiotics in the prevention and treatment

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Gut microbiota and aging

The age-related changes in the human gut microbiota, potential implications on immune and inflammatory health and targeted therapies for healthy aging are presented in this review.   Link: View the Study Nagpal R et al.

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