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Probiotics' Role in Weight Loss

By    |   Wednesday, 04 Nov 2015 03:45 PM

Some research indicates probiotics may contribute to weight loss.

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that contribute to the body’s immunity, make vitamins and take in minerals, and help with asthma and allergies, according to Peak Fitness. Probiotics also control harmful bacteria by competing for resources in the body.

Certain bacteria are more prominent in thinner individuals, according to Peak Fitness. This form of bacteria has more difficulty in transforming calories from complex sugars into fat, allowing for fewer pounds to be gained.

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Research on this form of bacteria has received mixed results, Diet vs. Disease noted. In fact, in some animal studies, consumption of such probiotics led to weight gain.

Researcher Peter Jones at the University of Manitoba in Canada helped with a study looking at the implication of probiotics on weight loss, according to Live Science. The study showed overweight individuals lost more belly fat when consuming yogurt spiked with extra bacteria.

“Normally we digest all the food and absorb all the calories,” Jones told Live Science. “We think the probiotics interfered with the absorption of those calories, so that more calories went out the tailpipe and there were less calories to pack on the abdominal fat.”

Women’s Health reported on research showing that women who took probiotics dropped more pounds than women who took a placebo. Those who took the probiotics had fewer intestinal bacteria that contribute to obesity.

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The magazine noted that researchers theorized the intestinal walls became less permeable as a result of the probiotics, so fewer molecules that contribute to obesity-related illness such as diabetes passed from the digestive system and into the bloodstream.

The study also looked at men, but the study observed no difference in weight loss between the probiotics and placebo groups.

While this research yields optimistic results, some scientists remain skeptical of many of the studies on probiotics because most are funded by companies that sell supplements, Prevention reported. Several suggested future research must be done to determine the most accurate results.

Probiotic are available in supplements and foods such as yogurts, aged cheeses, kefir, sauerkraut, juices, and pickles contain probiotics, according to Everyday Health.

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