A new study showed that employees who take
probiotics on a daily basis will miss less work time from common
illnesses such as colds or gastroenteritis.
Scientists assessed the value of taking a probiotic on more than
175 factory workers, including 53 who did shift work. Once a day for 80
days, workers received either a dose of the probiotic
bacteria Lactobacillus reuteri, or a placebo.
2.5 Times Less
IllnessThose given the probiotic were
2.5 times less likely to take sick leave. Only
10 out of 94 factory workers given the probiotic took any
sick time off during the study, compared to 23 in the placebo group.
What's more, none of the 26 shift workers using a probiotic
lost any time due to illness, compared to nine out of 27
shift workers in the placebo group.