Looking into probiotics

6/22/2017

I have heard about the multiple benefits of taking probiotics. As a researcher, I was interested in what the research says about probiotics, any benefits and more specifically, any recommendations to incorporate probiotics into my daily life.

If you are like I am, I can get overwhelmed by the amount of information, products, and claims that are out there. You should always check with your doctor before making any kind of health change. With that said, if you are interested in what has been empirically found, I have included what I found most frequently in my search of meta-analyses: Probiotics have been found to effect our body weight, BMI, glucose metabolism and blood pressure to name a few.
 
Probiotics have a huge impact on our body weight and body mass index (BMI). In 2016, a  meta-analysis of 25 medical trials,  found that probiotic consumption reduced both weight and BMI. People who took multi-strain probiotics for eight weeks or more had the best results. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27149163
 
In a 2016 meta-analysis, probiotics were found to modestly improve glucose metabolism in patients with Type II Diabetes. People who took multi-strain probiotics for eight or more weeks had the best results. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26987497. In a 2014 meta-analysis, probiotics “may improve BP by a modest degree.” People whose baseline blood pressure was elevated, who took multi-strain probiotics for at least eight weeks, or whose probiotic consisted of 10+ colony-forming units per day showed the most improvement. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25047574
 
Sounds like probiotics are something I will be running by my doctor to see if it is a good idea for me to add to my routine. I would be happy losing a few pounds and a few BMI points!