Not all strains have the same effects on the body.
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The consumption of probiotics has become a growing trend. They have traditionally been consumed as a way to promote intestinal health. Currently, attention has focused on its possible positive effects for weight loss.
Probiotics contain beneficial live active bacteria that live in the body. The microbiome, also called the microbiota, is made up of billions of microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses); most of it is in our intestines. Useful and potentially harmful microbes coexist in a healthy body.
The Harvard Nutrition Source explains that the microbiota stimulates the immune system, breaks down potentially toxic food compounds, and synthesizes certain vitamins and amino acids, including the B vitamins and vitamin K.
Probiotics can be consumed through certain foods like yogurt and also through supplements. Not all probiotics are the same.
How can probiotics help you lose weight?
Some studies have found that obese people tend to have a lower diversity of gut bacteria than lean people.
Absorb less fat from food and reduce appetite
Healthline shares that it is not yet fully understood how probiotics affect abdominal fat and weight. Research reveals that probiotics in the Lactobacillus family can cause the body to absorb less fat from food and to eliminate it in the stool.
Probiotics can also help release hormones that reduce appetite and increase protein levels that lead to decreased fat storage.
Not all strains can help you lose weight
There are different strains of bacteria with different effects. While some strains can help you lose weight, others can cause a gain. Strains of the family have been identified Lactobacillus y Bifidobacterium like those that can help lose weight and abdominal fat.
Some studies that link Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium in weight loss:
In a study conducted by researchers at Laval University and the Nestlé Research Center in Switzerland, they found that women who received probiotics Lactobacillus rhamnosus over three months they lost 50% more weight than those who took a placebo.
Also they Lactobacillus sakei have shown positive effects on weight and height loss in people with obesity in a study conducted by Seoul National University.
The supplement with Bifidobacterium subsp. lactis daily for 3 months has shown positive results in decreasing visceral fat area and overall body mass.
The Lactobacillus gasseri have offered the most promising results in multiple studies. One of them carried out by researchers from the Research Institute of Milk Sciences. Participants with extra belly fat who drank fermented dairy products containing the helpful bacteria for 12 weeks lost between 8.2% and 8.5% of abdominal fat. Although after stopping the probiotic they regained the fat they had lost.
Before consuming probiotics
Harvard Health shares that health benefits are strain specific and not all strains are necessarily helpful. “Manufacturers are responsible for ensuring that any claims made on the label are true. But there is no guarantee that the types of bacteria listed on a label will be effective for the condition for which he is taking them ”.
Before taking probiotic supplements, you should review the strains they contain and consult with a familiar physician to see if the product might be helpful. Some strains are used to treat conditions that are not related to weight loss.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.