A new study, published recently in the Journal of Internal Medicine, showed that probiotic supplementation may have a positive affect on bone health in humans. The double‐blind, placebo‐controlled study involved 90 women aged between 75 to 80 years old and had low bone mineral density (BMD). They were randomized to receive daily oral supplementation (1010 colony‐forming units of L. reuteri 6475) or placebo over a 12 month period. The results of the study showed that daily supplementation reduced bone loss in older women with low bone density. While more studies are necessary to back up these results, this study introduces new possibilities for those who are looking for non-pharmacological approaches to treating osteoporosis in the aging population.
Read the abstract, here, or read the study in its entirety below.
For more on how probiotics can improve your health, watch Dr. LeBaron’s lecture: “What’s Your Gut Feeling?”