A while ago Dr. Oz enlightened his viewers and readers about how to be smart at buying supplements. In a cooperation with ConsumerLab.com’s unbiased tests he showed what to look for when buying dietary supplements such as ginseng, valerian, St John’s worth, and probiotics.
Because probiotics are part of a well-designed weight loss strategy we will focus on these beneficial gut bacteria here.
How do probiotics aid weight loss?
Probiotics are known to regulate digestion but what exactly is the link between healthy gut bacteria (probiotics) and a flat belly?
Most, if not all, research concludes that an optimal balance in intestinal bacteria is beneficial to our health in numerous ways.
Fact is also that most of us, not only overweight people have an imbalanced gut flora. This may lead to all kinds of health problems. One of those is impeding losing weight.
How too much bad gut bacteria interfere with weight loss
Obese people often have more bad bacteria in their intestines. Too much unhealthy bacteria in your gut may lead to all kinds of symptoms including fatigue, nausea, gas and bloating, sugar cravings, and diarrhea or constipation.
You may also experience that, despite exercise and a healthy diet, you find it hard, if not impossible to lose weight.
Studies show that probiotic supplementation helps people losing weight.
After twelve weeks of consuming a fermented milk product containing the Lactobacillus strain, study subjects averaged a 4.6 percent reduction in abdominal fat and a 3.3 percent reduction in subcutaneous fat.
What to look for when buying probiotics to enhance weight loss?
Dr. Oz warns that the quality of supplements varies significantly. Since probiotics are living material, they are bacteria, processing, storage, and keeping the product up to date is of utmost importance.
Otherwise the healthy bacteria will die and taking the supplement will be of no benefit to you. (therefore, if you order online, request refrigerated shipping since probiotics should be kept cool, dry and out of sunlight. )
Don’t buy probiotics with an asterisk on the package. The asterix indicates that the amount of Colony Forming Units (CFUs) on their label was the number “at the time of manufacture”.
This does not garantuee how many there are present when when you buy the supplement, which can be much lower.
Be very cautious in choosing a brand. Many manufacturers sell inferior probiotics as turns out by the Dr. Oz and ConsumerLab tests.
Of the 13 products we tested, more than half of the products did not contain the labeled amount of probiotics, and one contained as little as 7% of its listed amount.
Which probiotics are recommended by Dr. Oz?
The ConsumerLab tests showed that AdvoCare’s Probiotic Restore Ultra is one that contained the amount active probiotic bacteria (Colony Forming Units) advertised on the label.
Do you use probiotics? Share your experiences below..
Here’s an overview of other weight loss supplements Dr. Oz endorsed including the new and highly promising Yacon syrup.