Probiotics Help Ward Off Common Cold

A recent study investigated whether the probiotic bacteria Lactobacillus plantarum and Lactobacillus paracasei could help fight the common cold. Researchers looked at whether consumption of the probiotic mixture could reduce the risk of common cold episodes, the number of days with common cold symptoms, the frequency and severity of symptoms, and the cellular immune response in common cold infections.

For the study, more than 270 people were given supplements of the probiotics over a twelve week period. The results showed that the mixture reduced the risk of common cold infections.

According to the European Journal of Nutrition:

“The incidence of acquiring one or more common cold episode was reduced from 67 percent in the control group to 55 percent in the probiotic group ... Also, the number of days with common cold symptoms were significantly ... reduced from 8.6 days in the control group to 6.2 days in the probiotic group”.

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