The Hertfordshire Study
This study aimed to assess the impact of a multistrain probiotic/prebiotic/antioxidant intervention on endotoxin levels and gastrointestinal permeability in recreational athletes.
The triathlon athletes taking Lab4 probiotics with prebiotic fibre alone or in combination with antioxidants experienced fewer and less severe exercise-related gut symptoms during their training period.
Reductions in plasma endotoxin levels were observed with Lab4 probiotic/fibre/antioxidant supplementation
Supplementation of Lab4 probiotics with fibre led to faster race finishing times
- Gut symptom severity scores during training were significantly lower in both Groups 2 and 3 compared to Group 1 (*P<0.001).
- Gut symptoms include bloating, nausea, stomach/intestinal pain or discomfort, cramping, headaches, dizziness, constipation, diarrhoea, belching, urge to urinate & defecate.
Lab4 probiotics with fibre alone or in combination with antioxidants protect athletes from gut disturbances during endurance training and improve their race finishing times.