Probiotics and Intense Exercise Study
As well as ensuring all of our products are made to the highest manufacturing standards, it is also important to us to be at the front of the latest research and knowledge of different supplements. Our Proven Probiotics range has previously been used in UK studies performed in Cambridge and Sheffield have shown that 2 capsules (25 billion) of Adult Acidophilus and Bifidus Lab4 probiotics can provide real benefits in supporting digestive and immune health. As part of a new series of studies, we are also now beginning research to see what effect Proven Probiotics can have on gastrointestinal health in individuals who take part in regular intense exercise.
Our PhD student, Jamie Pugh, has already spent 2 years at Liverpool John Moores University, and has been performing studies looking at the effects intense exercise can have on our digestive system, what symptoms these may cause, and has even started to catalogue how prevalent these symptoms may be in elite sport. Now, with the help of Aliment's own Team of Experts, Jamie has begun ground breaking research to see if probiotics can help improve the rate of digestion during exercise, and reduce the associated symptoms of bloating and nausea that can occur when we mix eating and exercise.
If you have ever taken part in a marathon run, you might have seen that the porta loos at the start and finish area can often be the busiest and most stressful place. 'Runner's trots' is an all to common problem, with even World Record holder Paula Radcliffe famously taking a 'comfort break' during one of her London Marathon triumphs. However, there is research to suggest that probiotics can help alleviate this problem - and it is a theory that Aliment are going to put to the test. Over the next few months, we will keep you updated on the progress of the study, and - good or bad - will show you the results.
As well as this study, Jamie is also busy with a number of other projects - including a recent 5 second of fame during a study he was involved with as part of BBC's Trust Me, I'm a Doctor. Next time, we will show you some of the work that Jamie carried out as part of the study, and show you many of us are often deficient in omega-3 fatty acids, typically found in oily fish, and what you can do about it.