Probiotics, immunity and exercise: A review

West, N. P., Pyne, D. B., Peake, J. M. and Cripps, A. W. (2009) Probiotics, immunity and exercise: A review. Exercise Immunology Review, 15 107-126.

Author West, N. P.
Pyne, D. B.
Peake, J. M.
Cripps, A. W.
Title Probiotics, immunity and exercise: A review
Journal name Exercise Immunology Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1077-5552
Publication date 2009
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 15
Start page 107
End page 126
Total pages 20
Editor Hinnak Northoff
Margery Robinson
Place of publication Tubingen, Germany
Publisher Verein zur Foerderung der Sportmedizin
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject 110602 Exercise Physiology
1107 Immunology
920108 Immune System and Allergy
Abstract Nutritional practices that promote good health and optimal athletic performance are of interest to athletes, coaches, exercise scientists and dietitians. Probiotic supplements modulate the intestinal microbial flora and offer promise as a practical means of enhancing gut and immune function. The intestinal microbial flora consists of diverse bacterial species that inhabit the gastrointestinal tract. These bacteria are integral to the ontogeny and regulation of the immune system, protection of the body from infection, and maintenance of intestinal homeostasis. The interaction of the gut microbial flora with intestinal epithelial cells and immune cells exerts beneficial effects on the upper respiratory tract, skin and uro-genital tract. The capacity for probiotics to modulate perturbations in immune function after exercise highlight their potential for use in individuals exposed to high degrees of physical and environment stress. Future studies are required to address issues of dose-response in various exercise settings, the magnitude of species-specific effects, mechanisms of action and clinical outcomes in terms of health and performance.
Keyword Probiotics
Gastrointestinal illness
Intestinal microbial flora
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2010 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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