Researchers studied the gut microbes of runners from the Boston Marathon, isolating one strain of bacteria that may boost athletic performance.
Competitive runners (myself included, once upon a time) will try almost anything that could give them a natural edge in their next 5K or 10K.
Down concentrated beet juice before a race? I've done it.
Eat chia seeds by the handful? Yep.
Altitude tents that mimic life at 10,000 feet? If only I had the money.
But new research hints that, perhaps, someday I may add consuming bacteria to that list.
A new study out Monday in the journal Nature Medicine identified a group of bacteria that are more common in athletes, especially after exercise, and may play a role in enhancing athletic performance. The researchers isolated this bacterial strain from elite runners, put it into the colons of lab mice and found that these human-derived bacteria boosted the mouse's performance on a treadmill exertion test by 13%. .. READ MORE