May 2016

Bifidobacteria Probiotics Show Potential Obesity and Heart Health Benefits

A new study shows that drinking 80 mL of a milk product containing the probiotic Bifidobacterium lactis daily for 45 days significantly reduces body mass index, total cholesterol, and low-density lipoprotein (LDL or "bad") cholesterol in people with existing metabolic syndrome, a combination of conditions that increases a person's risk for heart attack and stroke. These results suggest that taking Bifidobacteria might help reduce obesity, improve cholesterol levels, and reduce overall heart disease risk.


  1. Bernini LJ, Simão AN, Alfieri DF, et al. Beneficial effects of Bifidobacterium lactis on lipid profile and cytokines in patients with metabolic syndrome: A randomized trial. Effects of probiotics on metabolic syndrome. Nutrition. 2016 Jun;32(6):716-9.

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