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Study Finds Probiotic Supplement Helps Reduce Body Weight

Study Finds Probiotic Supplement Helps Reduce Body Weight

Lactobacilli and bifidobacteria are probiotics that are found in fermented foods such as yogurt and kimchi. A recent study suggests that supplementation with a blend of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria may help reduce body weight, BMI, and waist circumference.

Participants included 220 adults with a BMI between 25 and 34.9 kg/m2. They took the probiotic supplement (50 billion cfu’s per capsule) or a placebo daily for 6 months. They were told to maintain their normal diet and lifestyle throughout the study period. Body weight, waist circumference, and blood pressure were evaluated at baseline, 3 months, and 6 months. Fecal samples and blood samples were taken at baseline and at 6 months.

Participants in the probiotic group lost an average of 1.5% body weight (2.1 pounds) and saw a 1.5% decrease in BMI and a 0.9% decrease in waist circumference. No significant changes were seen in the placebo group. Participants in the probiotic group with high blood pressure lost an average of 2.5% of body weight, the largest weight loss seen.

The probiotic group also saw improvements in quality of life. Their General Wellness scores improved by 6.3% at 3 months and by 5.6% at 6 months, compared to the placebo group. In addition, the incidence of urinary tract infection symptoms was reduced by 40% in the probiotic group.

The study was conducted by researchers from Cardiff University and Imperial College London. It was published on March 6, 2020 in the journal Scientific Reports.

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