Sunday, February 17, 2008

Probiotics Ward Off Flu in Elite Athletes

Marathon runners may be less likely to get sick if they dose up on good bacteria, according to Australian research which may help give elite athletes the edge they need.

A study by the Australian Institute of Sport found endurance runners given a probiotic supplement suffered less severe flu and cold symptoms than other athletes.

Their illness also generally lasted only half the time of those not taking the supplement, lead researcher Dr David Pyne said.

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