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Probiotics accelerate weight loss in women, say researchers

A Canadian test determined that probiotic supplementation helped women lose weight and keep it off. Why just women? It may have to do with they type or strain used in the test, which didn't affect men in regard to losing or gaining weight. Let's take a look at their study and other factors involved with probiotics.

Plant 'milk' can be a probiotic alternative to conventional yogurt

For many people, getting the benefits of probiotics from eating conventional animal-based yogurt is not a possibility due to gluten or lactose intolerance, milk allergies or a vegan diet. Recently, a group of scientists from the Polytechnic University of Valencia have demonstrated that certain plant "milks" can be a potential substitute to conventional animal-based yogurt. The group illustrated how certain plant milks have the capability to support viable colonies of probiotic bacteria. This research has the potential to offer a healthy substitute (besides probiotic capsules) for animal- and soy-based yogurts.

Kefir is a great natural source of probiotics and protein

Kefir is a thick, yogurt-like drink made by fermenting milk with kefir grains. It originated in Russia and is characterized by its creamy texture, tart taste and fizzy effervescence. Kefir remains popular in Eastern Europe, where it is commonly used as an ingredient in baked goods such as sourdough bread, often as a substitute to buttermilk. Due to its high nutritional value, however, kefir shines most as a health supplement.

Probiotics eliminate autism-like symptoms in mice

Lending further credence to the notion that autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are directly related to an imbalanced or damaged gut, a new study out of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has found that mice diagnosed with ASD experience substantial improvements when given treatments with probiotics, a finding that could translate to humans.

Probiotics work double duty as antidepressant

Probiotics are most well known for their use as a digestive health nutrient. They help balance the good and bad bacteria in the gut which dictate the effectiveness of your bowel movements. They also help eliminate uncomfortable gas, bloating and constipation by keeping everything moving along.

Probiotics taken during pregnancy decrease risk of allergies in kids

Probiotics stimulate the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the intestines and the gut. A new analysis encourages pregnant mothers to take probiotics during pregnancy to help lower the risk of allergies in their kids. The good bacteria balance in a mother's gut is passed to their baby through the placenta and the colustrum of breast milk. Probiotics are a great way to nurture the child even before they are born.

Probiotics' Benefits May Be More Than a Gut Feeling

Probiotics are widely used to aid digestion and help restore gut bacterial balance after antibiotics. But some researchers are investigating the beneficial bugs for conditions that have nothing to do with the digestive tract. Sumathi Reddy has details on Lunch Break. Photo: AP.

Study - Probiotics reduce obesity and diabetes

Probiotics have been covered in the alternative health media, especially Natural News, extensively over the past few years. Yet the mainstream media hardly touches it. And when's the last time your doctor recommended taking probiotics, even after prescribing antibiotics?