Healthy Q & A: Probiotics for Weight Loss

Q:  Do probiotics help with weight loss?

A: Probiotics are one of my favorite supplements since they are so multifunctional.  I love when one supplement helps with numerous functions in the body.  Probiotics are most commonly taken for aiding digestion and boosting the immune system- two areas in which they really shine.  Clinical research has also recently linked probiotics to weight loss, however, though primarily just for specific strains- Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus gasseri. Those probiotic strains were especially effective for helping women lose weight.

The strains of good bacteria which have been focused on as an aid to weight loss are not found in most probiotics.  Luckily, we have been able to find a few products that contain those two strains, which we’ve only just started carrying in the store.  The probiotic supplement that I would recommend most for weight loss is a new one by Garden of Life called Fitbiotic.  Their Fitbiotic contains those two strains mixed with twelve other active strains in the body to equal a total of 50 billion beneficial organisms per serving.  The probiotics in Fitbiotic are combined with a fiber blend specially formulated to help to create a feeling of fullness and satiety, which helps weight loss even further.