tance; the secondary outcomes included blood glucose, insulin, total testosterone, luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimu- lating hormone (FSH). Dietary intake was monitored at baseline and at the end of

the study via dietary recalls, and fasting blood samples were taken at the beginning and end of the intervention by a labora- tory expert. Blood samples were centrifuged and measured for blood glucose, insulin, testosterone, LH and FSH.

Probiotics and Pomegranates Improve Symptoms of PCOS At the end of the study, 86 patients had remained consistent

with protocols throughout the eight-week period and were ana- lyzed. For the anthropometric measurements in comparison with baseline body mass indexes (BMIs), weight and waist circumfer- ences decreased in both synbiotic beverage groups (SPJ and SB). Waist-to-hip ratio decreased in the SPJ group and increased in the control group. The changes in BMI, weight, waist and waist-to-hip ratio

among the two synbiotic groups were statistically improved as compared to the control group, indicating that supplementation with live bacteria is beneficial to metabolism. Regarding the fasting blood sugar (FBS), changes in the two

synbiotic groups were significant compared with control group. Insulin decreased in SPJ and SB groups when compared to the baseline, but in comparison between groups, only the change between SB and the control groups was notable.A statistically

significant increase in insulin sensitivity was measured in the two synbiotic groups, marking a potent health benefit to the pre- and probiotic mixture. High insulin sensitivity allows the cells of the body to use blood glucose more effectively, thereby reducing blood sugar and staving-off onset of Type 2 diabetes. Another strong benefit observed in the two synbiotic groups

was improved hormonal balance. Testosterone levels reduced significantly in SPJ and SB groups in comparison with baseline, while testosterone increased significantly in the control group. There was no significant change in LH and FSH in any of the groups.

Researchers drew their final conclusions from the study and

in their report reminded that the gut truly is "the brain" that talks to the rest of the body. In their words, "bidirectional interaction between sex hormones and intestinal microflora has been shown," a finding that is supported by their research. These findings strongly suggest that a synbiotic-infused,

pomegranate beverage may improve the hormonal balance in patients with PCOS, while adding improved insulin resistance, staving off diabetes and improving BMI and body weight, while also improving the figure. I think we can all drink to that!

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