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‘Good Bacteria’ in Food Can Help Lose Fat

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Use of probiotics after a gastric bypass can help obese patients lose weight at a faster pace and avoid vitamin-B deficiency, according  to the latest study.

Probiotics are live microorganisms (bacteria) that keep the activity, vital capacity and effect our health well when getting into the gut in sufficient proportions. Scientists consider that natural bacteria reduce the risk of some of the cancer sorts, heart diseases and digestive disorders and help to lose weight.

Probiotics are the so-called ‘good’ bacteria found in yoghurt as well as in over-the-counter dietary supplements that help in digestion of food.

“Good bacteria” help the gut to absorb calcium diminishing the risk of osteoporosis. It’s so easy to destroy the bacterial balance of the gastrointestinal tract microflora (it may happen if you take antibiotics), letting the harmful germs occupy different sections of the digestive tract and cause stomachaches, flatulence, vomit and bad mouth.

Probiotics are available in foods and dietary supplements (for example, capsules, tablets, and powders) and in some other forms as well.

The easiest way to replenish supplies of good bacteria in the belly is to drink a little bottle of live yogurt every day. It contains the bacteria of two groups, Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium. High temperature kills these wholesome elements. That’s why you should take them just right up from the fridge or of room temperature. Don’t warm it up!

In addition to yogurt your can try some other probiotic containing products: artichokes, goat’s-beard, rolled oats, onion, leek, rye bread, oats.
John Morton, associate professor of surgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine (SUSM), found that patients who take probiotics after the gastric-bypass, tend to shed more pounds than those who don’t take them.

The researchers followed 44 patients on whom Morton had performed the surgery from 2006 to 2007. Patients were categorised into either a probiotic or a control group.

“Surprisingly, the probiotic group attained a significantly greater per cent of excess weight loss than that of the control group,” said Morton.

Both groups received the same medical care and nutritional counselling, as well as the support of weight-loss study groups.

Both groups were also allowed to consume yoghurt, a natural source of probiotics. In addition, the probiotic group consumed one pill a day of a probiotic supplement available in stores.

The study showed that after three months, the probiotic group registered a 47.6 per cent weight loss, compared to only 38.5 per cent of the control group, said an SUSM release.

The study also found that levels of vitamin B-12 were higher in the patients taking probiotics – a significant finding, since patients often show deficiency of vitamin B-12 after having gone through gastric-bypass surgery.

These findings were published in the July issue of the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery.

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