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Study: Certain Probiotics Could Help You Lose Weight (if You’re a Woman!)

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Kefir Smoothies: Probiotic power foods!

Here’s some good news for yogurt lovers: consuming probiotics could help you lose weight and keep it off… at least if you’re a woman.

Scientists already know that the bacteria living in the digestive tracks of obese people — their “intestinal flora” — is quite different from that of lean people. The difference is mainly due to the effects of high fat, low fiber diets. They also already know that the type of bacteria in your gut can have a direct effect on your body weight.

So the question is: can adding the right kinds of “good” bacteria to your body — by taking probiotic supplements for example — help you lose pounds and keep them off?

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A Natural (and Legal) Performance Enhancer Has Been Discovered

For years fitness insiders — including distance runners, bodybuilders, and even Olympic athletes — have used natural beet juice to boost endurance and athletic performance. Now we have some real scientific evidence proving the effectiveness of one of its main components: the vitamin betaine.

Researchers at Ithaca College added 2.5 grams of betaine to a 20 oz sports drink and had a group of young cyclists drink half in the morning and the other half later in the afternoon for several days. They found it boosted sports performance significantly. Both average and maximum peak power increased. Just one week of taking the betaine supplement led to an increase in peak and mean anaerobic power of 5 and a half percent!

According to study supervisor Thomas Swensen:

“Betaine may contribute to creatine synthesis, which improves, strength, power and short-term performance… Future research should elucidate the mechanism of how betaine supplementation improves performance.”

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Green Coffee Bean Supplements May Not Help You Lose Weight After All

photo of fresh green coffee beansOne of the most popular of the “Dr. Oz Miracle Supplements” may not be as good as we thought, at least according to the results of a new research study from Australia. All those supposedly healthy compounds found in unroasted coffee seeds — including chlorogenic acid, hydroxycinnamic acid, GCA, Svetol, antioxidants, etc. — didn’t help a group of mice avoid weight gain on a 3-month high-fat diet.

And here’s the even worse news: the mice fed a chlorogenic acid-based green coffee extract every day became much more insulin-resistant than the mice who didn’t get the diet supplement. High insulin-resistance is associated with type 2 diabetes, high blood sugar, metabolic syndrome, and other serious health problems. So that’s not good at all.

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