Probiotics In Sport

Probiotic supplementation has traditionally focused on gastrointestinal health. However, recently scientific enquiry has shown us that probiotics have multiple clinical applications and specific strains are now being proven to benefit many needs of the professional athlete.

Two probiotic strains called Streptococcus thermophilus FP4 and Bifidobacterium breve BR03 have proven to help reduce mild muscle inflammation, reduce acute inflammatory responses, and improve muscle recovery time. 

A double blind, placebo controlled clinical trial demonstrated that taking strains S. thermophilus FP4 and B. breve BR03 for three weeks before strenuous exercise, aided in recovery times, reduced muscle tension, and supported overall performance post exercise (1). 

An estimated 20- 60% of athletes endure stress that is caused by intense exercise and recovery that is inadequate. Probiotics have important immune regulating effects which is an additional consideration for athletes who undergo regular excessive exercise. It is also known that intense exercise can affect gastrointestinal health. Supplementing with probiotic strains capable of enhancing muscle, metabolic and immune functions may be an advantageous therapy for professional athletes (2). 

Product Highlight: AXP Recovery probiotic

This scientifically formulated probiotic is designed to target post-exercise inflammation and improve recovery time. AXP Recovery Probiotic™ is a HASTA™ Certified Product that contains a combination of the two probiotic strains S. thermophilus FP4 and B. breve BR03. These have been clinically proven to reduce mild muscle inflammation and improve measures of back-to-back physical performance. 


AXP Recovery Probiotic


1. Jäger R et al, (2016). Probiotic Streptococcus thermophilus FP4 and Bifidobacterium breve BR03 Supplementation Attenuates Performance and Range-of-Motion Decrements Following Muscle Damaging Exercise.; Nutrients 8(10):642.
3. Pane, Marco MS et al, (2018). Gut Microbiota, Probiotics, and Sport, Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology;52;p;S46-S49

Probiotics In Sport