No need to overdo it with sunbathing to get some much needed vitamin D. According to a new study, the intake of probiotic supplements significantly improved levels of the vitamin in the body by 25%.
This is the first ever evidence that probiotics play an important role in maintaining and strengthening the bones.
Previous studies have established the effect of a specific probiotic strain Lactobacillus reuteri NCIMB 30242, which has a beneficial effect in reducing cholesterol levels, but its effect on the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, vitamin D is unknown.
Researchers examine health data of a group of middle-aged volunteers who took probiotics for nine weeks.
They analyze the vitamin D levels by monitoring the levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D in the blood.
The results show that taking probiotics has significantly increased the levels of the vitamin.
This is an important finding since mass is deficient in vitamin D, the researchers explain. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with osteoporosis and rickets in children. Lack of vitamin restricted absorption of calcium from the bones.