The Added Benefits of Probiotics You Don’t Know About

probiotics and bonesMany Americans take probiotics as a way to maintain a healthy gut. Probiotics help fuel good bacteria in the stomach, so our digestive system can function properly. But there is emerging evidence that probiotics may also work to benefit bone health too.

The risk of osteoporosis increases with age, and many individuals may not realize their bones are weakening until a bone fracture occurs. But the key to reducing your risk of fractures is to reduce your risk of osteoporosis. Unfortunately, we can’t stop aging, so this is where probiotics play a role.


A recent study has uncovered that probiotics may help enhance bone growth. For the study, the participants received probiotics over the course of four weeks.

The researchers found that probiotics stimulated the growth of gut bacteria which caused a metabolite called butyrate. Butyrate prompts T cells to produce Wnt10b, which is a protein vital for bone growth.

Lead researcher Roberto Pacifici explained, “We were surprised by the potency of the gut microbiome in regulating bone and by the complexity of the mechanism of action of probiotics.”

He explained that probiotics may be controversial “because their mechanism of action in bone is unknown, they are regarded as some kind of alternative, esoteric, unproven treatment.”


Based on the recent findings, probiotics do seem to have a positive impact on bone health, but it’s important to note that the type and number of bacteria in the probiotics plays a significant role on their effects on bone health.

Although the study will need to be replicated on humans to better understand and determine probiotics effectiveness on bone growth, the research as of now does look promising. It suggests that probiotics may be an inexpensive way to potentially prevent future bone fractures in older age.

Also read:

Author Bio

Mohan Garikiparithi got his degree in medicine from Osmania University (University of Health Sciences). He practiced clinical medicine for over a decade before he shifted his focus to the field of health communications. During his active practice he served as the head of the Dept. of Microbiology in a diagnostic centre in India. On a three-year communications program in Germany, Mohan developed a keen interest in German Medicine (Homoeopathy), and other alternative systems of medicine. He now advocates treating different medical conditions without the use of traditional drugs. An ardent squash player, Mohan believes in the importance of fitness and wellness.


Related Reading: