The Opportunity of the Microbiome


The second broadcast began with a presentation on Sports Nutrition: Go with your gut by Dr. Chad KerksickAssociate Professor at Lindenwood University.  Chad walked attendees through the latest research that connects probiotics with specific sports nutrition benefits. These included improving absorption of certain food components, boosting immune system function, which can be depressed during hard training, combating the inflammation that can arise via leaky gut syndrome and more.

This was followed by a presentation by Dr. Ralf JägerManaging member at Increnovo, who discussed Probiotics Powering Protein — How the right combination of strains can maximize amino acid absorption. Compared with animal protein sources, plant protein sources are generally incomplete proteins, contain less BCAAs, and differ in the absorption kinetics and the total amount of amino acids absorbed, factors known to affect exercise recovery and adaption effects important to athletes such as skeletal muscle protein synthesis. Therefore, there is a strong interest in nutritional strategies to raise the blood amino acid concentrations after ingesting a plant protein source to overcome compositional shortcomings. Co-administration of probiotics significantly increases amino acid absorption from plant proteins, potentially through optimizing gut microbiota composition and increased proteolytic activity.

Key Learnings:

  • Despite the existence of shared, core mechanisms for probiotic function, a good deal of health benefits of probiotics are strain-dependent and dose-dependent.
  • Certain probiotic strains have been linked to maintain immune and gastrointestinal health compromised due to exercise and physical activity.
  • The main function of the gut is to digest food and absorb nutrients. In healthy populations, certain probiotics strains can increase absorption of key nutrients such as amino acids from protein.

The broadcast wrapped up with a live panel discussion and Q&A session moderated by Hank Schultz of NutraIngredients-USA. Hank discussed the opportunity of the microbiome in Sports & Active Nutrition with our panelists:

This broadcast included live Q&A and polling questions. It is FREE to attend but pre-registration is required.


At the Sports & Active Nutrition face-to-face event we always include a run in our agenda and our online event is no different. Attendees had the opportunity to join in on our Virtual Workout Day on Thursday, February 4th.  Attendees participated with any workout; run, cycle, yoga, gym, walk, etc at their own pace in any place and there was a $100 Amazon voucher up for grabs. To be in with a chance of winning the voucher, all you needed to do was upload a photo or post related to your workout on social media with the #SportsAndActiveNutritionUSA

All workouts with the #SportsAndActiveNutritionUSA that were posted on February 4th was entered into a prize draw with one winner receiving a $100 Amazon voucher. This was a fun activity for yourself, colleagues and clients to join the NutraIngredients-USA team.

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