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Probiotics Help Moms Keep Pounds Off

Probiotics in Livermore Health Food StoreWeight Management benefits from Probiotics Use

Gaining weight during pregnancy is normal and healthy, but excess weight can lead to obesity later in life.

In this study, 256 pregnant women in the first trimester received dietary counseling plus daily probiotics or a placebo, or a placebo with no counseling, through the end of exclusive breastfeeding, up to six months after giving birth.

The probiotics were Lactobacillus rahamnous and Bifidobacterium lactis. At the end of the study, about half the women who took a placebo had waist size of 31.5 inches or larger compared to 26 percent for the group. Excess weight, particularly around the waist in women, raises chances for disease, and doctors recommend levels below 35 inches.

Reference: Clinical Nutrition; October, 2010, Electronic Prepublication

From February 2011 newsletter

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Van's Health on February - 28 - 2011
categories: Weight Loss

Sweet Dreams and Better Moods with Melatonin

Melatonin for SleepMelatonin improved mood and sleep in those with trouble sleeping

People with delayed sleep-phase syndrome (DSPS) have trouble falling asleep before 2:00 a.m., sleep restlessly, have great difficulty waking in the morning, and often sleep less than seven hours.

About half of those than DSPS also have depression. In this study, 20 people with DSPS, eight of whom also had depressive symptoms, took 5 mg of melatonin per day, or a placebo. After four weeks, compared to placebo, depressed participants who had taken mela tonin had far fewer depressive symptoms.

Also compared to placebo, all depressed and non-depressed participants in theĀ  group enjoyed more continuous sleep throughout the night.

Reference: Sleep Medicine; 2010, Vol. 11, No. 2, 131-6

From February 2011 newsletter

End of article on melatonin – back to home.

Van's Health on February - 27 - 2011
categories: Supplements