Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses a new study that links probiotics to beautiful skin and hairAchieving glowing skin and shiny hair could be as easy as opening the fridge and grabbing a yogurt. In a recent study titled “Probiotic Bacteria Induce a ‘Glow of Health,’” researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that ingesting probiotics like those found in yogurt may lead to an improvement in the appearance of skin and hair.

Probiotics could improve the look and feel of skin and hair, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

In the study, scientists studied the effects of a yogurt containing the probiotic L. Reuteri on the fur and skin of lab mice. The researchers then used a light reflectivity test to measure a change in fur luster. All of the female mice that were observed had shinier coats while the male mice didn’t show a significant difference. The study also looked at increased skin thickness, which appeared in both the male and female mice after eating probiotic yogurt. Based on these results, it’s possible that probiotics could have a positive effect on the appearance of skin and hair in humans.

These results are an interesting start but more study is required, Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger notes that these early findings are interesting, but more research needs to be done. The sample size for this study was very small and a broader range would yield more conclusive results. Additionally, it would be beneficial to conduct the same study with human subjects to see if there is still a significant correlation.

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Posted Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 at 3:48 pm
Filed Under Category: Research and Studies, Skin Care
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