Presented at the 22nd European Congress of Endocrinology, a new scientific study endorses the probiotics alongside a low-calorie diet to fight against childhood obesity.
The study focused on two bacteria called probiotics that are Bifidobacterium BR03 and Bifidobacterium B632. This group of bacteria is part of the natural intestinal microbiota, and in particular helps to fight against other bacteria which are pathogenic, such as Escherichia coli . The bifidobacteria also help in the digestion of carbohydrates and dietary fiber.
Dr Flavia Prodam and her team from the University of Eastern Piedmont (Vercelli, Italy) have recruited 100 obese children and adolescents aged 6 to 18, on a controlled calorie diet. At the same time, some have randomly received the Bifidobacterium BR03 or B632, while others did not take probiotics, just a placebo, for 8 weeks. Clinical, biochemical and biological analyzes (of stool samples) were conducted to determine theThe effects of probiotic supplementation on weight, gut microbiota and metabolism.
Verdict: Children who took probiotics alongside the diet had a reduction in waist circumference, body mass index (BMI), insulin resistance and even the concentration of‘E.coli in their gut. Such results were not found in the group of children and adolescents who did not take probiotics, who simply lost weight.
The study suggests that supplementation with probiotics alters the gut microbiota and has a beneficial effect on the body’s metabolism, improving the weightloss. “Probiotic supplements are frequently given to people without adequate evidence. These results tend to prove the efficacy and safety of two strains probiotics in the treatment of obesity in a young population”Commented Dr. Prodam, who led the study.
“The next step in our research is to identify patients who could benefit from this probiotic treatment, with a view to create a more personalized weight loss strategy. We also want to analyze more clearly the role of food and probiotics on the composition of the microbiota. It could help us understand how the microbiota is different in obese young people.”, Added the researcher.
Remember that it is possible, and beneficial for health, toenrich your diet with probiotics, through the consumption of yogurts but also sauerkraut or drinks based on kefir or kombucha.