Chocolate and peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, and now – probiotics and protein? You’d better believe it! In light of recent research, it looks like protein powder formulations that include probiotic components might be better suited to support the needs of the athletes and consumers who use them.
Fueled (at least in part) by the fact that the two markets are expected to have a combined worth of more than 40 billion USD by 2020, an impressive amount of research concerning the relationship between probiotics and proteins has been generated over the last few years.
Where’s the data?
Looking for some scientific evidence? Currently, there are dozens of protein/probiotic-focused studies out there. Check out these highlights from a recent study that honed in on a potential correlation between casein protein and a particular strain of probiotics.
Study #1: Probiotics, Casein Protein & Muscle
What were they studying? In a recently published study, a team from Ganden probiotics (Cleveland), wanted to see if Ganeden BC30 (also known as Bacillus coagulant GBI-30, 6086) could aid casein-based proteins deliver their potential benefits to athletes.
What did they find? After comparing the effects of casein protein alone against the effects of casein protein in combination with Ganden BC30, the research found that volunteers who received the protein/probiotic combo saw increased recovery, less muscle damage, and improved athletic performance.
How did they find those results? Via a test group of 29 male volunteers with an average age of 22. Each participant was given 20 grams of casein along or 20 grams of casein WITH 1 billion CFUs of Ganden BC30.
Over a two week testing period, researchers recorded and analyzed key aspects of athletic performance after volunteers engaged in “a damaging, single-leg exercise bout.”
When it comes to this particular study, researchers felt that “[…]the probiotic supplement tended to protect the muscle from damage and may have helped recovery of physical performance.”
If we continue to see studies like these (which provide evidence that strongly suggests the presence of a positive relationship between certain proteins and probiotics), then the future of proteins and probiotics looks pretty darn bright.
in the months and years ahead, finding the right probiotic to pair with the right protein may be a simple and effective way to differentiate your protein supplement from every other powder on the market.