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Endurance athletes require a vast amount of caloric intake in order to maintain optimal hydration and energy levels.  This alone puts a lot of stress in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. To complicate matters further, prolonged and intense training and racing may cause additional GI difficulties including stomach aches and cramps, bloating, acid reflux and diarrhea. Therefore, good GI activity is fundamental for effective nutrition and successful training, racing and recovery.

How can you help your GI activity?

Most of the essential nutrients are absorbed and digested in the gut.  Healthy gut means better nutrient absorption, improved utilization of energy from the food and less stress throughout the digestion process. Digestive enzymes may optimize nutrient absorption and enhance performance.  Additional aid may be provided by probiotics and prebiotics.

Probiotics refer to various healthy bacteria species, which can colonize the gut and provide a wealth of health benefits including: decreasing of pathogenic GI microorganisms, strengthening of the immune system, improving digestion, enhancing skin function, and providing resistance to allergens and protection from cellular oxidative damage. Prebiotics on the other hand, promote the growth and activity of microorganisms such as fungi and bacteria, and contribute to the well-being of their host. In the case of the gut microenvironment, prebiotics may advance the growth and activity of the existent healthy bacteria by acting as substrate for them. Therefore, pro- and prebiotics act synergistically.

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During the past decade, research has started considering the health benefits from a combined formula of prebiotics and probiotics [1].  In an extensive review of clinical trials in humans published by the British Journal of Nutrition in 2002, the authors mentioned the therapeutic and prophylactic benefits of probiotics, as well as their ability to enhance the immune system by activating a variety of immune system related genes [2].  Additionally, the authors mentioned the immunological effects that prebiotics have by activating or enhancing the activity of the probiotic microorganisms [2]. Research has also shown that the prebiotics oligofructose and inulin are the preferred substrates/enhancers of bifidobacteria (probiotics). The bifidogenic effects of oligofructose and inulin have not only observed in in vitro but also in human studies (for a comprehensive review, see [3]).  In addition, the combination of inulin and oligofructose has also been demonstrated to enhance the immunologic activities of the Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterial species in rats [4].

MultiVPro contains a beneficial blend of pre- and probiotic nutrients to enhance GI functionality and boost the immune system. This is important so that athletes can utilize all nutrients from their diet efficiently and eliminate potential GI stress during prolonged training and racing.  The MultiVPRO supports this process further by also including a well balanced enzyme blend.

The new MultiVPro contains pre & probiotics, enzymes and Beta-glucan.


References

  1. Steer, T., et al., Perspectives on the role of the human gut microbiota and its modulation by pro- and prebiotics. Nutr Res Rev, 2000. 13(2): p. 229-54.
  2. Saavedra, J.M. and A. Tschernia, Human studies with probiotics and prebiotics: clinical implications. Br J Nutr, 2002. 87 Suppl 2: p. S241-6.
  3. Simmering, R. and M. Blaut, Pro- and prebiotics–the tasty guardian angels? Appl Microbiol Biotechnol, 2001. 55(1): p. 19-28.
  4. Roller, M., G. Rechkemmer, and B. Watzl, Prebiotic inulin enriched with oligofructose in combination with the probiotics Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Bifidobacterium lactis modulates intestinal immune functions in rats. J Nutr, 2004. 134(1): p. 153-6.