Race to con­firm a ‘gut feel­ing’

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TRI­ALS con­ducted at Edge Hill Uni­ver­sity may ul­ti­mately de­ter­mine whether us­ing probiotic sup­ple­ments – con­tain­ing live bac­te­ria and yeasts – can im­prove the nu­tri­tional in­take of athletes dur­ing marathon run­ning.

The study is part of an on­go­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Edge Hill and the in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned Sports Nutrition Re­search Group at Liverpool John Moores Uni­ver­sity.

Edge Hill’s Dr Andy Sparks, who fa­cil­i­tated the uni­ver­sity’s part­ner­ship with the group, is lead­ing on the project along­side LJMU re­searchers Jamie Pugh and Prof Graeme Close.

Dr Sparks said: “Run­ning just one marathon, or in fact any pro­longed run­ning bouts can dam­age the per­me­abil­ity of your gut.

“There’s some ev­i­dence that in­gest­ing pro­bi­otics may im­prove gen­eral well­be­ing but more im­por­tantly gut func­tion.

“We are try­ing to de­ter­mine if this can re­duce the dam­age dur­ing run­ning, be­cause that might lead to in­creased fuel in­take, which could prove very use­ful in­deed for runners.”

The trial took the form of a track marathon, in which a broad cross-sec­tion of runners took to Edge Hill Uni­ver­sity’s in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion-standard run­ning track for the 105-lap race, funded by Ali­ment Nutrition, and sup­ported by Sci­ence in Sport and Con­test Sports Net­work Ltd.

The 26 athletes who took part un­der­went a 28-day sup­ple­men­ta­tion pe­riod.

Half of the athletes took a probiotic; and the other half were given a placebo.

They then con­sumed a stan­dard­ised break­fast be­fore the race started.

The 18-strong re­search team took blood and mus­cle sam­ples be­fore and after the race to test meta­bolic func­tion and stress.

Dr Sparks said: “We look for­ward to analysing the re­sults of the blood and mus­cle sam­ples, so that we can de­ter­mine the ef­fects of the probiotic sup­ple­ment and hope­fully move on to fur­ther stages of this novel ap­plied re­search.

“We hope to show that us­ing pro­bi­otics can limit gut dam­age caused by run­ning and there­fore have a pos­i­tive ef­fect on run­ning per­for­mance.”

Tri­als at Edge Hill may ul­ti­mately de­ter­mine whether us­ing probiotic sup­ple­ments im­prove the nu­tri­tional in­take of athletes dur­ing marathons

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