A new study on metabolic syndrome conducted by researchers from School of Public Health, Sun Yat-sen University in China opens a new health area for Probi. The study, published in Clinical Nutrition, demonstrated that daily intake of Probi's proprietary strain Lacticaseibacillus paracasei8700:2 significantly reduced cardiovascular disease risk and was able to counteract bodyweight gain and increased BMI.
Metabolic syndrome poses an elevated risk of developing chronic cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, heart disease and stroke, which can significantly reduce quality and length of life. Moreover, these diseases have witnessed a substantial surge, prompting a notable upswing in the focus on metabolic health in recent times. Presently, there are no universally established treatments available for metabolic syndrome.
The significance of the gut microbiota in metabolic health has gained considerable attention, as studies have elucidated its link to body weight. Probiotics, like L. paracasei 8700:2, possess the ability to modify the gut microbiota and influence the mechanisms related to metabolic health.
Metabolic health is of strategic importance to Probi, and we acknowledge the significant potential of this health area
- Anita Johansen, CEO of Probi
Over a period of three months the study, which included 130 subjects with metabolic syndrome, investigated the outcome of a daily intake of Probiˈs proprietary strain L. paracasei 8700:2 on factors relating to cardiac health, blood lipids and body weight. The study concluded that a daily intake of L. paracasei8700:2 for 12 weeks significantly decreased the risk of cardiovascular disease and was able to counteract bodyweight gain and increased BMI.
"The significant impact on metabolic components in subjects with metabolic syndrome, even without dietary restrictions or changes in physical exercise is very promising," said Christina Vegge, Director of Discovery & Clinical Research at Probi. "The data showed improved endothelial function, lipid profile, blood sugar regulation, reduced bodyweight gain, and prevented elevated BMI compared to the placebo group," added Vegge.
“Metabolic health is of strategic importance to Probi, and we acknowledge the significant potential of this health area to have a positive impact on numerous lives. People are experiencing longer lifespans, but their overall quality of life and health are declining. Our focus is now to explore further how our probiotic can support metabolic health and potentially reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and in that way enhance peoples´ number of years spent in good health," said Anita Johansen, CEO of Probi.