Probiotics might be beneficial for those following a gluten-free diet, as research from the Spanish National Research Council reveals the diet could negatively affect gut and immune health.
A small study, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, indicates a gluten-free diet leads to a reduction in the population of Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus, two of the most important strains of beneficial gut bacteria. In addition, gluten-free dieters saw a decrease in markers of immune health, according to a report from foodnavigator.com.
Individuals with celiac disease have no other choice but to avoid gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and other grains.
Probiotic supplements containing 3 billion or more viable organisms are an excellent choice for boosting and maintaining gut health. Probiotics, or “friendly bacteria,” help restore the colon’s natural flora balance and support immune health.