Probiotics Research Depends on Animals…

Provita has been trail-blazing the benefits of probiotics and other natural approaches to animal welfare for years. And we can point to thousands of loyal customers world-wide as proof that our commitment works. However, it’s ironic, in our view, that many studies focused on human health issues use animals. By default, therefore, the principle applies that animals can derive the same inherent benefits of probiotics as humans.

This fact is often overlooked in (human focused, animal based) studies.

For example, in this study, “the probiotic treatment of diabetic rats increases gliclazide bioavailability and lowersed blood glucose levels by insulin-independent mechanisms, suggesting that the administration of probiotics may be beneficial as adjunct therapy in the treatment of diabetes.”

Similarly, work undertaken by Sandrine Claus of the Imperial College of London, suggests that bacteria in the gut may not just be helping digest food but also could be exerting some level of control over the metabolic functions of other organs, like the liver. Ms Claus’ work is based on empirical work with mice.

Similarly, research conducted by A. Venket Rao of the University of Toronto and his team found that probiotics increased the “good” bacteria in the stomachs and also led to a better outlook and mood.

We like to think that this applies to animals too.