Vitamin B12 deficiency is a common side effect of gastric bypass surgery, but according to a new study supplementation with probiotics may help patients avoid the problem.
The research was completed at Stanford University School of Medicine where scientists enrolled 44 individuals who had undergone a weight-loss surgery. Their results suggest that patients who received a probiotic supplement everyday for three months following the procedure had higher levels of vitamin B12 than the control group.
Vitamin B12 is a key compound that ensures healthy metabolism, proper formation of red blood cells and the well-being of the central nervous system
In addition, the researchers found that the treated patients experienced a nearly 48 percent weight loss compared with a 38.5 percent loss in those who received a placebo.
Statistics suggest that nearly 66 percent of adult Americans are overweight.
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria strains that are known to aid in digestion. They can be found in yogurt and other cultured milk products as well as miso, some juices and soy beverages or nutritional supplements.