Pre and Pro-biotics enhance weight loss and cholesterol balance

12 April 2016  |  Editor

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Weight loss with probiotics

Using prebiotics alongside probiotics as part of a weight management programme can enhance weight loss and lipid profiles according to new research from Turkey.

The trial involved 77 obese children following a reduced calorie diet and exercise programme.  Half the study group were also given a multi strain probiotic supplement containing strains of Lactobacilli and Bifidobacterium probiotics alongside fructooligosaccharides and lactulose prebiotics.

Weight loss occurred in both groups, but the synbiotic group showed a greater percentage of weight loss and additional improvements in total serum cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels – in fact, half of the children with previously diagnosed hyperlipidaemia saw their levels return to normal after the trial.

Beneficial bacteria thrive when given the right nourishment from prebiotic compounds such as inulin, lactulose, soluble fibre and fructooligosaccharides. These complex sugars feed the microbes, helping them grow and establish in the gut.

Inulin is found in a variety of foods which can easily be incorporated into the diet: oats, barley, chicory, onions, leeks and garlic are all good sources.  Garlic has both pre-biotic and antibacterial actions, with the ability to feed the beneficial microbes whilst combating overgrowth of the more pathogenic bacteria and yeasts.

Other botanicals famed for their prebiotic action include Aloe Vera juice and citrus pectin. 

When using a multi strain probiotic supplement, remember to include prebiotic foods regularly and look at suitable bacteria-friendly botanicals to aid the balance and growth of your gut bacteria.