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Probiotics Shown to Cause Fat Loss

A study published in the March 2010 issue of the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that probiotics may help overweight individuals lose weight and burn fat.

Scientists with Kyushu University in Japan recruited 87 overweight participants for the study with an average BMI 24 kg/m2.

The participants were randomly assigned to receive 200 g a day of fermented milk with or without probiotics for twelve weeks.

By the end of the twelve week trial the researchers observed a 4.6% reduction in abdominal fat among the probiotic group. Even more importantly, the researchers also found a 3.3% reduction in subcutaneous fat, which is the fat found just under the skin.

In addition, the probiotic group saw an average 1.4% decrease in body weight and a 1.8% decrease in waist size.

Although this study did not look into the mechanisms behind the findings, previous studies have shown that the composition of friendly bacteria in our gut actually changes depending on your weight. This change may have a significant effect on our body’s ability to efficiently digest and process food.

Beyond their weight loss potential, previous research also shows that probiotics may improve digestion, boost the immune system and reduce the risk of chronic disease.

You can get more probiotics by eating certain foods such as yogurt, milk and sauerkraut. For many people, taking a high quality supplement is an easier approach. If you choose this option, be sure it is packaged to block light, air and moisture which can easily kill probiotics.

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