I’d like to take a probiotic supplement, but all the different strains and cultures make shopping for one so confusing. I don’t want to make the wrong pick! Is there anything specific I should be looking for if I want to lose weight?

You’re smart to ask. The latest research suggests that probiotics can block fat absorption, speed metabolism, curb appetite, ease digestion and more. But it can be hard to determine the strength or potency of a supplement without knowing a few key phrases. The most important things to look for are the number of colony-forming units (CFUs)—an indicator of the number of live bacteria cultures in a single serving—and the number of different bacteria strains.

I recommend getting a product with at least 10 billion CFUs and 5 different bacteria strains for weight-loss support. Flora-Key has been my go-to for years and also doubles as a no-heat sweetener.


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