Could Probiotics Lower High Blood Pressure?

If you’re trying to keep your blood pressure under control, having a daily carton of yogurt or other foods filled with probiotics could help, a new study finds. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria in fermented foods, like yogurt and some cheeses, that research has shown can improve digestive health, help the body fight off some infections, maybe even boost brain health. Studies have also indicated that these helpful microbes seem to lower blood pressure. Australian researchers, who looked at nine of …

The Probiotic Effect: Sexy, Slim Mice, Healthier Humans

Maybe we all should be stocking up on yogurt. Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) studying probiotics and obesity found that mice who were fed vanilla yogurt were not only slimmer with silkier, shinier fur (the sleek little guy on the left in the photo), they were also more fertile. The male mice had bigger testicles and more attitude – “swagger,” was how the MIT scientists described it — and the females gave birth to bigger litters and were better …