Step on a crack and break your mother’s back… but not if she’s on a probiotic.

I know, that’s not exactly the way the old childhood chant goes, but some exciting new ‘benefits of probiotics’ research might soon force us to make that change to the old classic. Once again, good-belly-bug-producing probiotics -- already linked to better overall health -- are making news. This time the focus is on our bones.

The mouse study, just published in the journal PLOS ONE, has found that the benefits of probiotics include helping to protect you against bone loss and fractures!

Researchers gave a group of menopausal mice drinking water that was spiked with probiotics for six weeks. They found that the probiotics significantly protected the mice “from induced bones loss compared to the controls.”

And the good bugs didn’t stop there. They also appeared to reduce the amount of calcium that the mice lost through urination and went to work on the immune system, reducing inflammation as well.

More research needs to be done, of course, but the results are already very exciting. Besides, there’s no question that the benefits of probiotics. But they may soon prove to be a useful therapy for combating bone loss, osteoporosis, and fractures as we age too.