Obesity Reduced with Probiotics!

by | Mar 5, 2015 | Health Conditions, Probiotic Blog

Probiotics are proving to reduce glucose intolerance and fat mass as shown in a study conducted with obese mice.

In a study conducted on diabetic and obese mice which used Bifidobacterium animalis ssp. Lactis as daily supplements helped reduce glucose intolerance. In this study, the lab mice consumed a diet containing high amounts of fat for inducing obesity and diabetes. Instead of seeing the conditions of the mice worsen, scientists found that the mice developed fat mass in lower levels.

The main reason? Their diet was supplemented with probiotics.

The study resulted in the lab mice having lower weight gain and improvement with glucose tolerance. In the study, the intestinal bacterial adhesion and translocation were also analyzed. Experts found this result helped improve the function of the gut barrier.

Studies like this show that probiotics can help when it comes to preventing and treating adiposity and obesity. This study revealed changes in the metabolic pathways related to carbohydrate metabolism.

What does that mean? Obesity was reduced in a study with mice.

Dr. Lotta Stenman from the DuPont Nutrition and Health Institute led this study and performed 2 sets of experiments.

The first set was used for modeling obese people. The mice consumed the high-fat diet along with the daily administration of the B. lactis 420 within 12 weeks.

The second group of mice consumed a diet consisting of high-fat ketogenic and, within four weeks, induced diabetes. In this group, researchers added one of the three doses of potential probiotic.

The typical expectation is that all subjects will have their fat mass increased. Instead, the fat-mass gain reduced when the Bifidobacterium animalis ssp. Lactis was included and consumed by the subjects. The researchers also found that the plasma levels of the LPS, or lipopolysaccharide, decreased.

The study implies that there is a potential benefit of using Bifidobacterium animalis ssp. Lactis in reducing the risk for obesity and glucose intolerance.

As probiotics are tested more each year, scientists are reporting benefits throughout the human body. Simple probiotic supplementation can reduce glucose intolerance and fat mass, aiding you in living a healthier, happier life!

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