Respiratory tract infections are common during the cold and flu season. A study in 2011 shows that probiotics is a safe way to prevent common colds.
Most colds are caused by viral infections and are usually resolved by themselves after three to seven days. Probiotics for common colds is not new but a new study indicates probiotics help limit the number of sick days.
Probiotics for colds
Many natural microorganisms offer health benefits with no side effects. Probiotic strains for colds include Lactobacillus plantarum, L. acidophilus, B. bifidum, B. infantis. These are included in yoghurt, kefir, fermented vegetables, and probiotic supplements.
This specific study included data from 10 different trials involving 3451 participants, including infants, children, and adults aged around 40 years. The probiotic microorganisms were found to be better than placebo in reducing colds and inflammation. However, there were no data for older people. Still, the study showed that probiotic bacteria can shorten the duration of colds and flu.
Probiotics make people less sick with colds and flu
In addition, side effects of probiotics were only mild. However, side effects are common when the body eliminates toxins and waste.
Conclusion of the study
The researchers stated: “Probiotics were better than placebo in reducing the number of participants experiencing episodes of acute URTIs. This indicates that probiotics may be more beneficial than placebo for preventing [common colds].”
Benefits of probiotics
Even the strongest body needs support to withstand the onslaught of virus, bacteria, and toxins. Supporting the gut flora with probiotic bacteria strengthens the immune system and help fight off infections like colds and flu.
Wise us of probiotics for colds
- Use a supplement. Hyperbiotics, Now Foods Probiotics are good choices.
- Garlic is powerful. Try fermented garlic, black garlic.
- Consume fermented vegetables, sauerkraut, natto, kimchi, yoghurt, and kefir.
- Relax! Gut bacteria are sensitive to stress which can lower the immune system. Take a walk in a park, by the sea or a lake, listen to soothing music.
- When on antibiotics, add probiotics to compensate for the loss of natural bacteria.
Reference: Cochrane Summaries