A new study published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition indicates that probiotics, known as 'good bacteria', can help you lose weight, reduce body mass index (BMI).
It is well known that probiotics assists in the digestion and absorption of nutrients, which are necessary to maintain good health. Take probiotic supplements can ease the symptoms of respiratory allergies, such as asasthma and eczema, and improve immunity. Studies carried out on healthy people found that those who use probiotic supplements and probiotic foods have fewer colds and winter infections. But probiotics are not an unmitigated good. Probiotics when in sick people who have a low-diversity, the unhealthy microbiome is most likely to evolve and cause harm.
Researchers from the Department of Cardiology, Taizhou People's Hospital, Taizhou, China combined the findings of 25 randomized human trials investigating the impact of probiotic consumption on body weight and BMI in over 1,900 healthy adults. They found taking probiotics reduced BMI and body weight with the greatest reduction in BMI occurring in overweight adults. Interestingly, ingesting more than one type of probiotic and taking probiotics for 8 weeks or more resulted in increased weight loss.
"To date, quite a few researchers have investigated the effects of probiotics on body weight and BMI, without a consistent result," lead author Qingqing Zhang notes. What is significant about this study is, that based on findings from the 25 included trials, the researchers found that consumption of probiotics did lead to a modest decrease in body weight and BMI.
Although the amount of weight loss documented in this study was minimal, even a small reduction can have enormous public health benefits by reducing weight-related diseases such as Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
Original title：Consuming probiotics promotes weight loss, reduces BMI