Research News

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 probiotics—live microorganisms that boost healthy gut bacteria populations—provide many health benefits, including enhanced immune response and mitigation of gastrointestinal conditions like diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome (see EN’s “Feed Your ‘Good’ Bacteria,” June 2012,) and may factor in obesity prevention.

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