Most people have heard about probiotics’ benefits relating to digestion and immune health. Numerous studies illustrate the variety of health gains attributed to these helpful gut bacteria, and research is continually expanding within the probiotic sector.
Examples of cutting-edge research in this segment include areas such as weight management and metabolic syndrome, as well as new studies on sports performance and protein metabolism. Other new areas include behavior modification and various uses for women’s health, which all add to the already well-established research on immune health, digestion, inflammatory responses and cardiovascular health. This latest research will also help sustain the momentum experienced within the probiotic segment in recent years. According to Gregory Leyer, Ph.D., chief scientific officer, UAS Laboratories, advancing research will “feed the R&D machine" and get more researchers interested in probiotic studies, even if they are outside of the normal research scope.
“I see probiotic research continuing to roll back the old dogma that bacteria are bad, and more evidence will continue to drive home the point that a continual probiotic supplement is a safe and excellent way to maintain and improve health," Leyer said.
From the traditional uses associated with digestion and immunity, to developing research on behavioral modification and various applications in women’s health, probiotic research opportunities are truly endless.
For more information on the latest probiotic research, read the full article, “Probiotic Research: Past, Present and Future" in INSIDER’s Probiotics Digital Pulse.