Hormonal imbalances and fertility issues have become increasingly common among both men and women. While medical interventions are available, they can be expensive and come with side effects. In recent years, there has been growing interest in natural alternatives, including probiotics. A new study published in Nutrients in 2020 has shed light on the potential benefits of probiotics for hormonal and fertility issues.
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are live microorganisms that are good for our health. They are often referred to as "good bacteria" and can be found in certain foods, such as yogurt, kefir, and sauerkraut, as well as in supplement form.
The link between microbiota and hormonal/fertility issues
Microbiota dysbiosis, an imbalance in the microorganisms in our gut, has been linked to a range of health issues, including hormonal imbalances and fertility issues. Our gut microbiota plays a crucial role in regulating the production and metabolism of hormones, as well as in maintaining the health of our reproductive system.
The study published in Nutrients in 2020 looked at the potential benefits of probiotics for hormonal and fertility issues. The researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 21 studies, involving a total of 1,722 participants, to evaluate the effects of probiotics on endocrine and fertility microbiota dysbiosis.
- Probiotics were found to improve hormonal balance by increasing the levels of beneficial bacteria in the gut.
- Probiotics were found to improve fertility by increasing sperm count and motility, and by reducing the risk of preterm birth and other complications.
- The benefits of probiotics were found to be dose-dependent, with higher doses leading to greater improvements in hormonal balance and fertility.
Probiotics offer a natural and safe way to improve hormonal balance and fertility. The recent study published in Nutrients adds to the growing body of evidence supporting the use of probiotics for these issues. By incorporating probiotic-rich foods into your diet or taking a supplement, you can help support your gut microbiota and improve your overall health.