Calling all parents! Especially those who are concerned about their children getting colds and (swine) flu this season! Can you imagine a drug that could decrease your child’s sick time this season by half…possibly more? Well, it’s not a drug. It’s a supplement of the beneficial bacteria in your intestines that actually can help to increase your child’s immunity this season.
A colleague of mine recently shared something he read in the journal Pediatrics. The most recent issue (August 2009) showed the results of a study (see below for link) that examined 326 children between the ages of 3 and 5. These children were divided up Probiotics for Men and Women Results into three groups. They received one the following supplements twice a day for six months:
- A placebo.
- A probiotic supplement consisting only of Lactobacillus acidophilus (commonly found in yogurt).
- A combination probiotic supplement with L. acidophilus and another strain, Bifidobacterium animalis lactis.
It appears that probiotics are not just for intestinal problems. The findings of this study were astounding. Children given the probiotics suffered significantly fewer fevers, less coughing, and less runny/stuffy noses throughout the cold season. And the children given the combination probiotic supplement saw the fewest fevers and coughing/runny nose incidents. How much less?