News about the benefits of probiotics is everywhere….and so are those tiny little creatures that are so beneficial! You see them in yogurt, in teas, in capsules, and now, as an additive to your morning smoothie.
You probably already know that probiotics are the helpful bacteria that live primarily in the gut and play a crucial role in overall health by fighting pathogens and yeast. And you probably already know that probiotics are known for their ability to minimize bloat, gas, constipation, and diarrhea, by improving digestion.
But emerging science is showing that these benefits are just the tip of the probiotic iceberg. In addition to digestive balance, probiotics are now being shown to help the body absorb minerals, produce vitamins, nourish the brain, boost mood, and yes, even help you achieve that beautiful glow that shows.
BeautyFul includes the blend of Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Lactobacillus plantarum, and Lactobacillus rhamnosus, which have been shown to support not only digestive balance, but also benefits mood and skin.
While probiotics are a relatively new trend in health, one of the most compelling studies of probiotics was conducted in the 60’s. Physician Robert H. Siver conducted the first clinical trial evaluating the effects of probiotics on acne in the 1960s. He studied the effects of a combination of L. acidophilus and L. bulgaricus in 300 patients. After 10 weeks, he observed that 80% of patients had some improvement in their acne, especially in active breakouts; leading him to conclude that a happy gut equals happy skin.1
A more recent study wanted to know more about the effect of probiotics on photo-aging so they asked 110 volunteers with dry skin and wrinkles to take Lactobacillus plantarum for 12 weeks. They measured the volunteers’ skin hydration, wrinkles, skin gloss, and skin elasticity every 4 weeks during the study period and found that after 12 weeks of taking the L. plantarum, the volunteers saw significant increases in the skin’s moisture content, as well as a reduction in wrinkle depth, as well as improvements in skin gloss and elasticity.2
And yet another study looked to a different strain of probiotic to determine the effects of probiotics on acne. In this study, subjects took Lactobacillus rhamnosus for 12 weeks while other subjects received a placebo. Compared with the placebo group, the probiotic group showed a significant reduction in the appearance of their acne.3
Clear, glowing skin, digestive balance, and a mood boost; probiotics are small but mighty!
- Kober & Bowe. The effect of probiotics on immune regulation, acne, and photoaging. International Journal of Women’s Dermatology 1 (2015) 85–89.
- Lee, et al. Clinical Evidence of Effects of Lactobacillus plantarum HY7714 on Skin Aging: A Randomized, Double Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study. J. Microbiol. Biotechnol. (2015), 25(12), 2160–2168 http://dx.doi.org/10.4014/jmb.1509.09021.
- Fabrocini, et al. Supplementation with Lactobacillus rhamnosus SP1 normalises skin expression of genes implicated in insulin signaling and improves adult acne. Beneficial Microbes, 2016; 7(5): 625-630.