Probiotics Can Help Gastric Bypass Patients

Probiotics can help gastric bypass patients resolve vitamin B-12 deficiencies — and help them lose more weight — according to a study from Stanford University. Watch this report from WLS News to find out more.

stanford-logo-bumperResearch shows that some post-operative gastric bypass surgery patients suffer a deficiency of vitamin B-12. But according to experiments at Stanford University School of Medicine, using probiotics may solve this problem – and help them lose more weight.

Probiotics are bacteria that promote healthy digestion, and are commonly found in foods like yogurt, soy milk and miso soup, or in supplements.

Researchers at Stanford observed a group of 44 gastric bypass surgery patients for three months to see how probiotics affected their health. At the end of the study, those who took probiotic supplements showed higher levels of vitamin B-12 than those who took placebos. Also, the probiotic crowd lost 48 percent of their extra weight, compared to the placebo patients who lost 38.5 percent.

Vitamin B-12 is a key component in a sturdy metabolism, and so that might explain why the supplements helped the study subjects shed more pounds. Video plays below.

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