Drs. Oz & Roizen's Tip of the Day: Hit the bacto-lacto trifecta

King Features SyndicateMarch 18, 2014 

The chances of hitting a trifecta - that's betting correctly on which horse will finish first (win), second (place) and third (show) - are slim, but the payoff is huge. A $2 bet on the trifecta at the Kentucky Derby last year paid $6,925.60. Not bad. But putting your $2 toward three winning probiotics - Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, and Lactobacillus reuteri - well, that delivers a payoff every day.

Making sure you have the right balance of these good-for-you bacteria in your intestines can help you lose weight, lower cholesterol and reduce your risk for Type 2 diabetes and its complications while keeping your cardiovascular system healthy. They thrive in foods you love, and you can take them as supplements.

Lactobacillus acidophilus is in probiotic yogurt and fermented soy products like miso and tempeh. Most often thought of as a digestive aid, it's also good for treating vaginal yeast infections.

Lactobacillus rhamnosus acts as anti-inflammatory in your gut and helps fight obesity and insulin resistance. You can enjoy it in probiotic yogurt, fermented soy and fermented milks.

Lactobacillus reuteri reduces lousy LDL cholesterol and your risk of coronary heart disease. You can get it in supplements, and it's in breast milk and even chewing gum designed to control dental plaque and gingivitis.

We're betting this lacto-trifecta will show you good bacteria in the right place and that's a big health win.

Mehmet Oz, M.D., is host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Mike Roizen, M.D., is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. To live your healthiest, visit sharecare.com. Distributed by King Features Syndicate Inc.

Idaho Statesman is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service