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Synbiotic Regimen Can Reduce Seasonal Infectious Illnesses Among School Kids - Study

September 22, 2010: 11:22 AM EST

A clinical study by French and Italian researchers has found that a commercial nutritional supplement that blends prebiotics and probiotics was able to reduce the risk of wintertime infections by 25 percent in school-age children, compared to a placebo. The synbiotic ProbioKid, made by Canada’s Institut Rosell-Lallemand, blends three probiotic strains with a prebiotic. The company believes the results of the studies also indicate the potential to manage and prevent allergic diseases such as asthma. The researchers said the clinical trial suggests that a daily dose of a synbiotic for three months could help prevent wintertime illnesses among 3-7 year-olds. The findings were supported by a preclinical study that showed the product’s ability to alter different types of immune response.

"ProbioKid Decreases the Risks of Common Infection Occurrences and Modulates the Immune Response: Possible Implications in Respiratory Medicine", News release, Institut Rosell, September 22, 2010, © Lallemand Inc
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