Probiotics Linked To Weight Loss, Lower BMI
Previous studies have not found a consistent result regarding the effect of probiotics on weight loss. Now a new, comprehensive study has found a link between consuming probiotics and lower body weight and body mass index (BMI).
Researchers examined the findings of 25 trials including approximately 1,900 healthy adults that looked at the effect of probiotics on body weight and BMI. They found that taking probiotic supplements reduced body weight by 1.4 pounds and BMI by 0.49kg/m2.
The largest reduction in BMI was found in the participants who were overweight. In addition, taking more than one type of probiotic and taking probiotics for eight weeks or more was associated with a greater weight loss.
Researchers from Taizhou People’s Hospital in China conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on May 5, 2016, in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition.
While probiotics are most commonly linked to improving digestion and gut health, they have also been shown to have other health benefits, including a stronger immune system, and a reduced risk of chronic disease.
Probiotics can be found naturally in many foods, such as yogurt, milk and sauerkraut. You may also consider taking a high quality supplement but make sure it is packaged to block light, air and moisture, which can easily kill probiotics.