Probiotics Can Reduce the Need for Antibiotics
Probiotics had a place in our morning routine since long ago. Simply explained, probiotics are supplements of good bacteria, and in short, deliciously delightful for the intestinal flora. There is no doubt about the fact that our intestines give a thumbs up for probiotics, but research now shows that it has more advantages than we could dream of: probiotic supplements can reduce the use of antibiotics.
Antibiotic resistance is a growing public health problem and despite increased awareness, there are still far too many antibiotics being prescribed around the world. However, according to a new study published in the European Journal of Public Health, regular consumption of probiotics in infants and children can significantly reduce the need for antibiotic treatment during childhood. In the future these results could help to alleviate the increase in antibiotic resistance. Wow!
The study is a compilation of 17 previously published studies that assess the effect of various types of probiotics on commonly occurring infectious diseases in the respiratory tract and in the digestive organs. The summary shows that children who took probiotics daily had a 29% lower risk of needing antibiotics during childhood, compared to those who received the placebo. By zooming in and examining the five studies which included the highest quality of probiotics, the antibiotic use reduced by 53%.
Exactly how it is connected is yet unknown to the researchers, but since 75% of our immune system is in the gut, it is likely that consumption of good bacteria lead to the immune system being strengthened and becoming more resistant. But before it is possible to make some precise recommendations in the area, follow-up studies are required.