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Probiotics for weight loss 

 

 

 

 

& Choosing a probiotic

 

by Dr. Kristen (Bobik) Halland of TheBalanceDoc.com

· probiotics,Gut Health

Probiotics are very important to the health of our “gut” but they’re often misunderstood. And no, we don't get probiotics from yogurt. When studied, the amount of probiotic in (insert popular yogurt brand name that begins with "A" here) were found to be "not clinically significant." But I digress already :)

When you go to the store, you may see shelves full of probiotics! It can be challenging to know how to pick a good one. It almost seems that the more CFUs (billions) that a container has, the better it must be right?

But that’s not the whole story. 

Each probiotic strain was researched to treat a different condition (or support a health goal). For example, there are specific strains of "good bacteria" (probiotics) to balance the gut microbiome in patients who have IBD/IBS. Some were studied to perform well with recurrent sinus or respiratory problems. And so forth.... 

More recently we’ve seen studies emerging on the strains of probiotics that are best utilized for weight loss. The strains called “B. Lactis” and “B. Rhamnosus” and"L. Gasseri" are some of the most widely studied and best performing. Here's my favorite source: http://balance.metagenics.com/mp/products/ultraflora-spectrum specifically for weight loss.

AND the strain that’s used in many over-the-counter probiotics is “Lactobacilis Acidophilus” which was shown to promote WEIGHT GAIN - oh no! 

There are over 10,000 types of “good bacteria” in our gut that help us absorb nutrients and support a healthy immune system. Not all probiotics are equal, so here’s what you want to look for:

  • Triple GMP certification
  • A specific combination of STRAINS that treat your condition specifically
  • Research–demonstrated benefits (not marketing claims)
  • Gluten and Dairy Free
  • Potency guarantee and expiration date

Please check your probiotic containers and work with a qualified nutritional provider to make sure you’re getting the correct nutrients to match your health goals in a scientifically proven product!

Myself, my family and my patients get the gold standard of scientific physician grade nutrients here.

Resources: 

The development of probiotic treatment in obesity: a review.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23886977

Effect of Lactobacillus rhamnosus CGMCC1.3724 supplementation on weight loss and maintenance in obese men and women. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24299712

Regulation of abdominal adiposity by probiotics (Lactobacillus gasseri SBT2055) in adults with obese tendencies in a randomized controlled trial.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20216555

Lactobacillus gasseri SBT2055 reduces postprandial and fasting serum non-esterified fatty acid levels in Japanese hypertriacylglycerolemic subjects.   http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24548293

Effect of Lactobacillus gasseri SBT2055 in fermented milk on abdominal adiposity in adults in a randomised controlled trial.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23614897

Associated with weight gain:

l. acidophilus (more than just the study below)

Comparative meta-analysis of the effect of Lactobacillus species on weight gain in humans and animals.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22634320

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