August 2012 Issue
Probiotics and Obesity Prevention
Accumulating research indicates microbiota in lean individuals is different from that of obese people; lean people tend to have a higher proportion of two types of beneficial bacteria, Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes, than obese people. Emerging evidence also indicates that probioticslive microorganisms that boost healthy gut bacteria populationsprovide many health benefits, including enhanced immune response and mitigation of gastrointestinal conditions like diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome (see ENs Feed Your Good Bacteria, June 2012,) and may factor in obesity prevention.
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