“Designer Probiotics” Promote Fat Loss

There are designer handbags, designer shoes, and of course designer clothing, but what about designer probiotics? It this the new must-have for those that have everything? Maybe, maybe not. The designer “good” that I am referring to is a special probiotic, and it may be used in the future by people trying to lose fat.

Probiotics have become very popular in recent years as people learn the difference between bacteria that make us sick and the bacteria that keeps us healthy. Studies on probiotics show they help boost the immune system, support the digestive system, and may even play a role in relieving depression. A new study shows there may be an even bigger role for probiotics—helping to reverse the obesity epidemic.

Researchers in Ireland’s Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority and Cork University created a new probiotic strain as part of the study. The scientists started with Lactobacillus bacteria, a common probiotic strain found in “live” yogurt and in the gut. It was then altered, by combining it with Propionibacterium acnes, another probiotic. When it was fed to mice, this healthy bacteria stimulated the production of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which resulted in a decrease in body fat.
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a healthy fatty acid, is often taken my dieters trying to “flush fat” from their systems. Mice fed the new designer probiotic strain had four times the more CLA than their counterparts. The level of CLA in the liver was also significantly more.

This is notable. CLA has been show to shrink fat cells and inhibit colon cancer cell growth in humans. Dr. Stanton commented: "CLA has already been shown to alleviate non-alcoholic fatty liver disease that often accompanies obesity. Therefore, increasing levels of CLA in the liver by ingestion of a probiotic strain is of therapeutic relevance.”

Dr. Stanton reminded readers (of this study) of something else very important. She said: "Fat is not an inert layer around our bodies, it is active and proinflammatory. It is a risk factor for many diseases, including cancers.” Excess fat can also disrupt hormone function and cause hormonal imbalances in women as well as increase your risk of cardiovascular disease.

Although designer probiotics aren’t available yet, they may be in the coming years. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if a healthy substance could be used to naturally encourage the body to breakdown and shrink fat?

Most importantly this new information once again shows us the importance of keeping our gut healthy as a way to keep our whole body healthy.

Rosberg-Cody, E., Stanton, C., et. al.,  Recombinant lactobacilli expressing linoleic acid isomerase can modulate the fatty acid composition of host adipose tissue in mice. Microbiology 2011 Feb;157(Pt 2):609-15. Epub 2010 Dec 22.


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