Background: Probiotics, which are found in certain foods, are a suitable source
for boosting our immune system and a proper choice for overall health. Regarding
this, they might be also considered a health supplement for athletes thanks to their
numerous benefits on the body in the sports world.
Materials and Methods: In the search for scientific literature related to this
review the US National Library of Medicine (PubMed) used MEDLINE and Sport
Discus data and the terms ‘ probiotics ‘ ‘ sports’ and ‘immune system’ were used. The
relevant literature has also taken its source from the research of relevant articles from
reference lists derived from data studies.
Resultsː When all the possible advantages of probiotics on the overall health
of athletes are considered, their consumption of them should be encouraged much
more in the sports world. In this way, athletes could improve their performances by
maintaining and improving their immune systems and be protected against common
Conclusion: Studies show that probiotics provide protection against various
diseases and disorders that athletes commonly suffer from, and they also reduce the
number of days with symptoms when in case of diseases such as upper respiratory or
gastrointestinal infection by boosting the immune system.