Probiotics may reduce our antibiotic use
Good news for kefir, kombucha and kraut consumers – researchers have concluded that using probiotics is linked to a reduced need for antibiotic treatment.
After reviewing the results of numerous studies, researchers found that infants and children were 29% less likely to have been prescribed antibiotics if they had received probiotics as a daily health supplement. After repeating this analysis using only the highest-quality studies, this figure rose to 53%.
Although the findings were from studies on children, the researchers believe using probiotics on a regular basis may be a solution to reducing antibiotic use. The study’s lead author, Sarah King, PhD, says: “More studies are needed in all ages […] to see if sustained probiotic use is connected to an overall reduction in antibiotic prescriptions. If so, this could potentially have a huge impact on the use of probiotics in general medicine.”
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