Fat-Loving Bacteria? Not Quite…
You want to lose weight but you’ve tried everything except for the things you haven’t tried; like Probiotics. Well, today is a new day. With increasingly high obesity rates in North America, you don’t want to loose time, but weight, and a chip off the old ego. Since 1980, obesity rates have jumped among children and teenagers (it has doubled among adults) – exposing them to the health dangers of obesity such as Type 2 diabetes, and its serious consequences: kidney disease, blindness, and amputations. This time hope is microscopic and comes by the billions. According to a recent study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, led by Professor Angelo Tremblay and his team, certain probiotics might have a knack for slimming down women permanently. The secret is in the gut. What a coincidence.
Probiotics Trim The Rim
Now that we know intestinal flora varies in people, it is clearly different in cases of obesity. The reason is probably due to a high fat/low fiber diet, which feeds certain bacteria causing gut balance to be difficult, if not impossible. Professor Tremblay and his team worked on discovering if probiotics could help the gut balance its microbiota (intestinal ecology), and in turn impact on obesity. He believes that probiotics may change the permeability of the intestinal walls, keeping pro-inflammatory molecules from penetrating the bloodstream, stopping the natural pathogenic snowball effect that leads to Type 2 diabetes, glucose intolerance and obesity.
After a 12-week study on 125 men and women with obesity, (a 12-week weight-loss diet followed by a 12-week body weight regulation) Professor Tremblay and his team gave half the participants 2 pills daily, containing the Lactobacillus rhamnosus strain, the other half got a placebo. Once the diet period was over, they noted that the appetite-regulating hormone leptin dropped in the non-placebo group, and the overall concentration of the intestinal bacteria related to obesity too. When the diet period ended, women averaged a weight loss of 4.4 kg compared to 2.6 kg in the placebo group. Men loss less fat, phenomenon that Professor Tremblay explains: “We don’t know why the probiotics didn’t have any effect on men. It may be a question of dosage, or the study period may have been too short”. Professor Tremblay and his team noted that leptin dropped (an appetite-regulating hormone) in the non-placebo group, as well as the overall concentration of the gut bacteria related to obesity.
NOVA Probiotics: No Strain, No Gain
Gut bacteria might be used one day as personalized weight loss therapies. A new study from Japan states that daily supplements of the Lactobacillus strain have the capacity to help obese people reduce the excessive body weight. Researchers led by Yukio Kadooka from the Megmilk Snow Brand Company Limited, affirm that the effects of weight loss slowly fade once the regular ingestion of probiotics is abandoned, producing a “no strain no gain” result; in other words: obesity is likely to have a microbial structure activated by an unregulated gut flora.
With the highest concentration of live cells on the market (73 billion per capsule), NOVA probiotics offers 14 strains of gut benching bacteria to help you slim down. Seek advice from your therapeutic practitioner or contact us to know which product is right for you.