Emerging opportunities for probiotics in sports nutrition: Page 3 of 5

May 21, 2019

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Bacillus coagulans Boosts Amino Acid Absorption

Jäger, who coauthored the study that Quilter references, says that GanedenBC30 holds promise as a sports supplement in more ways than one. Bacillus coagulans has also been shown in studies to influence digestive enzymes in a manner that improves amino acid absorption from protein. Another of Jäger’s studies, a literature review3 on the effect of GanedenBC30 on protein utilization, found that GanedenBC30 produces active digestive enzymes like alkaline proteases that, when administered jointly with protein, boost blood amino acid concentrations.

Jäger says that probiotics are currently being studied for their value as sports supplements in 42 human clinical trials, but most of these studies are on the implications of probiotics for immune health in athletes. Very few studies, he says, are examining the potential benefits of incorporating probiotics in a resistance-training regimen. Jäger expects future research to examine probiotics’ other potential benefits.

“Probiotics have been linked to normalizing age-related drops in testosterone levels, reducing stress-induced cortisol levels, improving mood, and reducing age-related muscle loss,” Jäger says. “But more research, on athletes specifically, is needed in order to substantiate these potential benefits.”