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Probiotics can improve protein use
Protein remains the foundation of sports nutrition,
and it's also gaining mainstream appeal, thanks to
this macronutrient's documented ability to assist with
weight loss and management. This is accomplished
by protein's ability to help control hunger and provide
lasting energy. Protein also is known to aid in sports
recovery and maintain muscle mass during aging.
Research now shows that protein can perform
even better, when probiotics are included. Results
from recent studies indicate that consuming the
probiotic Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086 (GBI-30),
along with just 20 g protein, can improve five clinical end points related to protein use. The endpoints
are shortened recovery time, decreased soreness,
reduced swelling, increased power and decreased
blood kinase.
"In our study, co-administration of GBI-30 with
protein protected the muscle from damage as shown
by perceptual measures and blood work, resulting

in faster recovery and most importantly, increased
performance," said Ralf Jäger, managing member,
Increnovo LLC, Milwaukee, WI. "This is a true game
changer in the world of probiotic research in sports
because this is the first study of a probiotic showing
ergogenic effects in athletes."
The ability of probiotics to improve protein use
makes sense because probiotics improve gut health,
and the gut is where most nutrients are absorbed
by the body. "Gut health plays a critical role in the
digestion of all nutrients consumed," according to
Jacob Wilson, professor in the Department of Health
Sciences and Human Performance at the University
of Tampa, where the research was conducted.
Fueled with this information, manufacturers of
protein-enhanced foods such as bars and baked
snacks will want to consider adding probiotics to
their formulas. This is a new way for marketers to
differentiate in a crowded marketplace.

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