Study Examines Effect of Probiotics on Inflammation, Performance After Muscle Damaging Exercise
Las Vegas, NV, OCT. 6, 2016—Dr. Ralf Jäger, Increnovo LLC, revealed today that probiotic supplementation reduced the amount of performance degradation, and inflammation following a bout of muscle damaging exercise during a VendorBrief seminar sponsored by Pharmachem Laboratories, Inc., at SupplySide West.
“Probiotics have been purported to reduce inflammation, but little was known about the potential effects on inflammation and performance in athletes after strenuous exercise,” said Jäger, lead researcher.
Jäger, in conjunction with researchers at Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth, TX, and Biolab Researh S.r.l., Novara, Italy, conducted a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, crossover study involving 16 healthy, resistance-trained men. Each participant ingested a daily micro-encapsulated (Microbac®) probiotic containing 5 billion live cells (AFU) of S. thermophilus FP4 and 5 billion live cells (AFU) of B. breve BR03, or placebo prior to the performance (21 days) of a muscle damaging exercise of the elbow flexors. Performance of the elbow flexors and a marker of inflammation (interleukin-6) was measured prior to, and following, damaging exercise.
“Ingestion of the anti-inflammatory probiotics attenuated performance and range-of-motion decrements following muscle damaging exercise,” said Jäger. “The probiotics also reduced baseline inflammation and improved the inflammatory response to exercise. These data suggest that the specific probiotics may assist in recovery following exercise.”
The study was a finalist for the “University Research of the Year,” category in the NutraIngredients Awards 2016 competition earlier this year.
B. breve BR03 and S. thermophilus FP4 probiotics were developed by Probiotical, Novara, Italy, and are distributed in the U.S. by Pharmachem Laboratories, Inc. Pharmachem will be exhibiting at SupplySide West, booth # Y143.
Pharmachem Laboratories, Inc., Kearny, NJ, is a family of companies specializing in the manufacture and supply of a wide variety of custom and specialty nutritional ingredients, as well as process services. The company is a NOP-Certified organic handler and processor, operating 14 manufacturing facilities in the U.S and Mexico. It is also (c)GMP compliant, producing a variety of ingredients and ingredient systems under strict quality control. For further information call 800-526-0609, 201 246 1000 (outside the U.S.) or visit www.pharmachemlabs.com.