Some species of probiotic bacteria directly produce nutrients like folate, while others degrade antinutrients like oxalates. What broad benefits could this activity have for nutrient absorption and status? Find out here.
Probiotics & Nutrient Status
Some foods may be very rich in nutrients, but if we can’t absorb them from the gut, we can’t use them in our bodies. What role might beneficial gut bacteria play in this process? And what important nutrients are directly produced by said gut bacteria? In this post, we’ll explore the effect of probiotics on nutrient absorption.
Remember that probiotic supplements may not be for everyone. Talk to your doctor before starting any new probiotics.
Insufficient Evidence For
The following purported benefits are only supported by limited, low-quality clinical studies. There is insufficient evidence to support the use of probiotics for any of the below-listed uses. Remember to speak with a doctor before taking probiotic supplements, and never use it in place of something your doctor recommends or prescribes.
1) Vitamin Levels
Folate-rich fermented milk produced by high-folate-producing S. thermophilus increases hemoglobin levels in mice .
2) Iron Levels
Iron deficiency in young women in south India was associated with low levels of Lactobacilli .
3) Other Minerals
Probiotics may improve nutrient status by making more nutrients (such as B vitamins, iron, and other minerals) available to absorb from food. Some species of beneficial bacteria also directly produce important nutrients like folate and vitamin B12, while others degrade antinutrients such as oxalates, which would otherwise bind up calcium and other minerals in the gut.
We’ve compiled deep dives into each potential benefit of probiotics. Check them out here:
- Gut Health
- Immune Function
- Inflammation & Autoimmunity
- Cardiovascular Health
- Weight & Metabolic Health
- Reproductive Health
- Cognition & Mental Health
- Skin & Bones
- Physical Stress & Wound Healing
- Healthy Aging
- Food Sensitivities