You may not spend a lot of time thinking about it, but are trillions of beneficial bacteria called probiotics that live in the gut and support good digestion and immune health. As scientists continue to look into the connection between gut bacteria and health, one study found that a daily probiotic supplement may help promote a balanced intestinal environment in younger children and, as a result, support overall wellness.*
In total, more than 300 preschool children between the ages of 6 months and 3 years participated in the study. While half of the participants received a placebo, the other half received the beneficial probiotic Lactobaccillus reuteri each day for three months. In the probiotic group, researchers saw few (and shorter) episodes of occasional diarrhea,i along with fewer missed days at preschool (as well as fewer missed work days for the parents).*
Results of the study were published in the March 2014 issue of Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.