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Micronutrients Found To Enhance Benefits Of Probiotics

January 13, 2011: 08:59 AM EST

Indian researchers have found that consuming probiotics supplemented with the micronutrients quercetin and gallic acid may double the beneficial effect to the intestinal tract by improving zinc and iron status and by enhancing the balance of microbes in the colon. The authors reported that quercetin and zinc sulphate positively affected Lactobacillus acidophilus and a “consortium probiotic” containing six lactobacilli and two bifidobacterial cultures. Slight or no effect on growth was found for other tested probiotics. The researchers said their findings may encourage experimentation with various ingredient formulas to develop supplements comprising symbiotic probiotics and micronutrients.

Supriya Yadav, et al., "Effect of supplementation of micronutrients and phytochemicals to fructooligosaccharides on growth response of probiotics and E. coli", BioFactors, January 13, 2011, © International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.
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