Essential Role of Probiotics in Sports Nutrition

Jan 19, 2022


Food and Beverage

Thanks to the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), probiotics are garnering serious attention. For years, probiotic research had been considered a gimmick but with the increasing awareness of the role that the gut microbiome has to play in sports nutrition e.g. enhancement in protein absorption, reducing exercise fatigue through lactic acid production and regulation of metabolism leading to increased ATP levels., probiotic supplements in the sports industry are here to stay and for long !.

The ISSN offers an impartial and critical examination of the mechanisms and applications of probiotic supplementation in athletes' health, performance, and recovery. The ISSN's conclusions are :

  1. In comparison to inactive people, athletes have different gut microbiota compositions that appear to mirror the host's activity level, with the changes mostly tied to the volume of exercise and the amount of protein consumed.
  2. The gut's primary role is to digest food and absorb nutrients. Specific probiotic strains can boost the absorption of essential nutrients like amino acids from protein in athletes and impact various physiological and pharmacological aspects of food components. 
  3. Exercising over lengthy periods, especially in the heat, has increased intestinal permeability, leading to systemic toxemia. Specific probiotic strains can help athletes maintain the integrity of their gut-barrier function.

Benefits of Probiotics in Sports Nutrition

Probiotics are living microorganisms that can boost the number of good bacteria in the digestive tract when taken orally thereby offering many gut health advantages along with enhancement in immunity. Sports nutrition aids in the fueling of all kinds of workouts and encourages a quick recovery. A well planned nutritious diet cannot be undermined as it is of utmost importance in supporting an athlete's general health and specific training needs. This should however be tailored to the individual athlete, goals, food preferences and practical challenges. Sports nutrition plays a major role in  achieving different fitness goals such as :

  • Overall health, performance & muscle growth
  • Gaining lean mass and improving body composition
  • Reducing the effects of physical fatigue, injury and delayed recovery

It is very important to stay hydrated as well. Good hydration means getting the right amount of water before, during, and after exercise. Water regulates body temperature and lubricates the joints. If one is not hydrated enough, it may lead to fatigue, muscle cramps, dizziness, or other serious symptoms.

There are various dietary supplements available in a variety of forms (tablets, capsules, liquids, powders, and bars) in the market aimed at enhancing exercise and athletic performance. Some of the more popular and widely consumed supplements include creatine, protein (whey), branched-chain amino acids ( BCAA), caffeine and probiotics.

The following are some of the benefits of Probiotics in sports nutrition :

  • Aid in balancing beneficial bacteria in the digestive system.
  • Increase antioxidant absorption to speed healing. Since free radicals are prevalent after training, it's critical that for better athletic performance, sportsmen should consume plenty of antioxidants during recovery and daily. Probiotic sports drinks boost antioxidant absorption and so help combat free radicals during recovery.
  • Helps sustain healthy immunological function by preparing the body for the next day's workout.
  • Probiotic sports drinks boost the immune system by increasing interferon, a natural viral fighter reduced in weary athletes.

Try Unique Biotech's Probiotics supplements for better results

Unique Biotech (UBL) focuses on creating high-quality probiotic supplementations. As one of the world's foremost probiotics manufacturers, we provide end-to-end solutions, from probiotic strain isolation to final formulations in various dosage forms.

UBL’s PROBIVITA has been specifically designed and formulated for the sports segment keeping in mind the needs of athletes. It contains the well documented, safe probiotic strain, Bacillus coagulans Unique IS-2 in combination with whey.

Whey protein is well known for high quality, rapid absorption and superior content of essential amino acids and branched-chain amino acids. In athletes, it is known to enhance endurance, stimulate muscle protein synthesis and bring about faster recovery. Moreover, it is one of the best sources of the amino acid leucine, a branched-chain amino acid which is metabolized directly by the muscle tissue assisting in the promotion of muscle synthesis. UBL’s proprietary probiotic strain, Bacillus coagulans Unique IS-2 has been clinically proven to maintain digestive wellness and enhance immunity and was therefore added to whey protein for additional benefits.

A study conducted with PROBIVITA in resistance-trained subjects resulted in :

  • Enhanced absorption & utilisation of whey as compared to whey alone 
  • Improvement in amino acid absorption
  • Increased absorption of branch chain amino acids ( BCAA)
  • Improvement in muscle strength
  • Enhancement in muscle power in the lower body
  • Improved performance in athletes

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