Can Prebiotics and Probiotics Fight COVID-19?

New takes from COVID-19 conference

Probiotics

Probiotics

Part Six

The University of Reading’s Prof Glenn Gibson presented the “Emerging evidence for the role of the human gut microbiome in COVID-19 infection outcomes” and raised interesting points around the potential role of probiotics and prebiotics in supporting the gut microbiome to fight COVID-19. He highlighted that the gut microbiome is a harboring site for COVID-19 and clinical outcomes can be governed by the type of gut microbiome the patient has. For example, if the numbers of ‘good bacteria’ in the gut are low it might be more difficult for that individual to fight off the virus.

Probiotic Chart

Probiotic Chart

Gibson shared promising results from a recent Italian study into the effect of probiotics on the recovery of patients with COVID-19. The study involved two groups of people – the first (control) group was given hydroxychloroquine, antibiotics, and tocilizumab, alone or in combination and the second was given the same treatment but with a specific formulation of probiotics added. Within 72 hours, nearly all patients treated with probiotics showed remission of diarrhoea and other symptoms, compared to less than half in the control group, and there was also reduced admission to ICU and fewer deaths. More research is needed to confirm these findings.

Probiotic Chart

Probiotic Chart

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