Over the past few years there have been numerous reports linking probiotics to various health benefits.
Well, now according to research probiotics have been shown to promote weight loss.
What are probiotics?
When you think of bacteria you may think of something that would cause illness or disease, but the truth is that your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad.
Probiotics are naturally found in your body, and they are a form of good bacteria that has been shown to offer various health benefits, especially to your digestive system.
They work in various ways, some probiotics can help to replace the good bacteria that is lost after using antibiotics, while others can help to balance out both good and bad bacteria, which will ensure your body works as it should.
Probiotics are often used to treat:
- IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- IBD or Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Infectious diarrhoea
- Antibiotic-related diarrhoea
- Eczema and other skin problems
- Urinary and vaginal issues
- Prevent allergies and colds
- Improve oral health
What research was undertaken?
Researchers who have looked at the results of 25 studies have found that consuming probiotics significantly reduced body weight.
They found that the average weight loss was 0.59 kg, with a reduction in their BMI by 0.49 kg/m2.
This research also found that the greatest weight losses were experienced by those who took the probiotics for 8 weeks or longer.
These studies involved over 1,900 healthy adults who were over the age of 18.