When most folks hear the word probiotic, they think about digestive health.
And if you do too don’t worry, you’re NOT wrong. Probiotics do promote good gut health.
In fact, the friendly bacteria support digestion. They can battle diarrhea.
And in some cases, probiotics can even help relieve symptoms of IBS and other gut-related illnesses.
But in the past few years, we’ve learned their benefits don’t end there.
A healthy belly bug mix can do a whole lot MORE for you than support your gut.
Beat migraine pain with probiotics
A staggering 70 percent of your immune cells call your intestinal walls home.
Together these good bacteria are called your microbiome.
A well-fed microbiome can help with everything from fighting off the flu to managing your weight and supporting your mental health.
But now according to a new study, soon be published in the journal Cephalagia, we have one MORE probiotic benefit to add to the list.
And if you battle frequent headaches, you’re going to love this one.
FEWER migraines and LESS pain
It turns out probiotics could be the solution to your migraine pain.
Researchers from Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Iran conducted a trial to see how probiotics might affect migraine pain.
A group of volunteers who suffered from chronic or episodic migraines took part in the study. They swallowed a daily probiotic supplement containing 14 strains of good gut bugs.
And the results blew everyone away.
By the end of the double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study, there were SIGNIFICANT improvements.
In fact, the probiotic takers had substantial drops in BOTH…
- migraine frequency
- migraine intensity
In other words, taking a probiotic supplement could leave you with FEWER migraines and LESS pain.
Migraine FREQUENCY dropped dramatically
Volunteers took 4 billion CFU (colony forming units) of probiotics for eight to 10 weeks.
And while that might sound like a lot, when it comes to probiotics bug numbers are typically in the billions. And a four billion CFU supplement is actually VERY modest.
The folks with episodic migraines had their attacks drop by an incredible 40 percent during that time.
But for chronic sufferers, the news was EVEN BETTER. They saw their attacks plummet by 45 percent.
Migraine pain plummeted too
Anyone who has to deal with migraines can tell you that the INTENSITY of the attacks are just as important as how often they occur.
Because while a mild migraine might force you to lay low for a few hours, a heavy one could leave you vomiting and out of commission for a day or more.
And the good news is the supplement takers saw a significant drop in migraine intensity too.
The folks who were battling episodic migraines saw a 29 percent improvement in intensity. And chronic sufferers had a 31 percent improvement.
The supplement used in the study was Bio-Kult Advanced. You can buy the brand online at major retailers. But there’s every reason to believe that any high-quality probiotic supplement will do the job.
Look for one with AT LEAST 4 billion CFU. And it should be a multi-strain formula with a good variety of bacteria.
The supplement in the study, for example, contained Bacillus subtilis, Bifidobacterium, Lactobacillus, Lactococcuslactis, and Streptococcus thermophilus among others.
Hardly a week goes by when we don’t learn something new about how critical having a balanced and well-fed microbiome is to our health. And now we can add battling migraines to the growing list of probiotic benefits.
If you suffer from migraine pain, consider starting on a probiotic supplement today.
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