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Probiotics and COVID-19 disease
The FDA has begun clinical trials for a vaccine to combat COVID-19. However, this is a new treatment that hasn’t been proven and may take a while to develop. We can do our part by maintaining good hygiene as recommended by the CDC, which includes frequent hand washing, avoiding contact with infected people, maintaining social distance and reinforcing our immune systems. Please follow local, state and federal guidelines where you are.
Our body, and especially our gut, is home to trillions of beneficial bacteria that help us to digest food, eliminate toxins, and help to regulate our immune system. Scientists have named this microbial ecosystem the gut microbiome (1).
Probiotic bacteria can interact with our gut microbiome to reinforce our immune system, increase immune responses and promote specific immune response (2, 3).
During the last decades, several probiotics have shown to shorten the duration of either bacterial or viral infections. In mice, intranasal inoculation of Lactobacillus reuteri or Lactobacillus plantarum have been shown protective effects against pneumonia virus infection (4).
Probiotics and prebiotics have been shown to be effective in strengthening immune response in adults and children. (5). Combining probiotics with vitamins could also be a good strategy to support the immune system in a generic manner. (6).
There is no scientific rationale of using probiotics to protect, prevent or treat COVID-19 infection.
Combining a healthy and balanced diet together with prebiotics, probiotics, vitamin supplementation, among others, are always beneficial to our immune systems.
FDA Disclaimer: The information, advice, statements, and testimonials made about LoveBug Probiotics products mentioned on this website have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The information on this site and the products listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease, nor are they intended to replace proper medical help. It is always recommended to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any regimen of probiotics. User-submitted testimonials are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results – what works for one may not work for another.
(1) Le Chatelier E, et al. Richness of human gut microbiome correlates with metabolic markers. Nature. Aug 29;500(7464):541-6 (2013).
(2) Yan F, Polk DB. Probiotics and immune health. Curr Opin Gastroenterol. 2011 Oct;27(6):496-501. doi: 10.1097/MOG.0b013e32834baa4d. Review.
(3) Wieërs G, Belkhir L, Enaud R, Leclercq S, Philippart de Foy JM, Dequenne I, de Timary P, Cani PD. How Probiotics Affect the Microbiota. Front Cell Infect Microbiol. 2020 Jan 15;9:454. doi: 10.3389/fcimb.2019.00454. eCollection 2019. Review.
(4) Gabryszewski SJ, Bachar O, Dyer KD, et al. Lactobacillus-mediated priming of the respiratory mucosa protects against lethal pneumovirus infection. J Im- munol 2011; 186:1151 – 1161.
(5) Lei WT1, Shih PC2, Liu SJ3, Lin CY4, Yeh TL5. Effect of Probiotics and Prebiotics on Immune Response to Influenza Vaccination in Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Nutrients. 2017 Oct 27;9(11). pii: E1175. doi: 10.3390/nu9111175.
(6) Aranow C. Vitamin D and the immune system. J Investig Med. 2011 Aug;59(6):881-6. doi: 10.2310/JIM.0b013e31821b8755.