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24 January 2008

Good Bacteria Can Eliminate Sick Time Away From the Office

A new study showed that employees who take probiotics on a daily basis will miss less work time from common illnesses such as colds or gastroenteritis.

Lactobacillus reuteri

Scientists assessed the value of taking a probiotic on more than 175 factory workers, including 53 who did shift work. Once a day for 80 days, workers received either a dose of the probiotic bacteria Lactobacillus reuteri, or a placebo.

2.5 Times Less Illness
Those given the probiotic were 2.5 times less likely to take sick leave. Only 10 out of 94 factory workers given the probiotic took any sick time off during the study, compared to 23 in the placebo group. What's more, none of the 26 shift workers using a probiotic lost any time due to illness, compared to nine out of 27 shift workers in the placebo group.

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