Probiotics May Help Women Lose Pounds
Probiotic supplements containing “friendly” bacteria may help women lose weight. A study included 125 obese men and women who took either a probiotic supplement, containing a strain of Lactobacillus rhamnosus, or a placebo without probiotic bacteria during a 12-week weight-loss program and a 12-week weight-maintenance period. After the first 12 weeks, women taking the supplement had lost an average of 10 pounds, while those on placebo shed 6 pounds. During the weight-maintenance period, the female probiotic users dropped 2 more pounds on average, while the weight of placebo takers reached a plateau. Men did not seem to benefit from the probiotic.
Source: British Journal of Nutrition, published online Dec. 3, 2013