Melatonin Unlocks a Microbial Key in Obesity

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

A natural hormone in the body, melatonin has long been supplemented by frequent flyers to ease circadian rhythms into new time zones. A newer and potentially more valuable finding is its role in weight gain and metabolism. Indeed, melatonin reduces body weight, liver steatosis, and low-grade inflammation and improves insulin resistance in high fat diet (HFD)-fed mice. This is huge, given … Read More

Scenes from Vitafoods Europe 2017

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut, News, Uncategorized

  George Paraskevakos, Executive Director of IPA chaired a panel at Vitafoods Europe 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland on Tuesday, May 9. Speaking on the KEYNOTE PANEL DISCUSSION: Bridging the knowledge gap in probiotics and prebiotics were: Bradley Saville, PHD, Chief Science and Technology Officer – Prenexus Health Dr Chin-Kun Wang, President – International Society for Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods Dr Gemma … Read More

In Men or Women, Yogurt Impacts Microbes Differently

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

It seems men and women are different in more ways than the obvious. Yogurt changes microbes; that we know. But now new research shows that probiotics in yogurt may alter them depending on gender. A team from various medical facilities in Japan led by Yoshio Suzuki has produced some interesting data on how yogurt impacts microbiota in healthy young adults. … Read More

A Microbiome Link to Infertility

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

In The Handmaid’s Tale, author Margaret Atwood depicts a future where mass infertility leads to draconian fixes. In our non-fiction world of 2017, inability to make a baby occurs but in numbers which won’t yet threaten the survival of humanity. But for couples wanting a child but incapable, the situation can be devastating. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that nearly … Read More

Microbes in the Tangle of Dementia

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

Misplaced your keys?  No worries, but if you forget what that shiny object is –that may be a sign of dementia. Causes of dementia—dysfunction in memory or behavior—are many. The most feared, Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is also the most common perpetrator, affecting many millions across the globe. Briefly: AD aberrations include plaques and neurofibrillary tangles that are only observed on autopsy. Indeed, scientists are working … Read More

Probiotics Reduce Behavioral Changes from Early Antibiotic Use

IPA AdminFrom The Gut

Antibiotics save lives. The bad news is they obliterate the good microbes in their wake which can lead to long-term immune and metabolic changes. And now researchers find that behavior and brain chemistry can also suffer. Much evidence exists from both rodent and human studies showing microbial effect in brain and behavioral changes. Germ-free models have provided clues to these … Read More

Altered Microbiome in Cystic Fibrosis

IPA AdminFrom The Gut

Cystic fibrosis (CF) causes severe damage to the lungs, digestive system and other organs in the body. The disease is inherited when both parents carry the recessive gene. A defective gene makes mucus, sweat and digestive juices thick and sticky instead of thin and slippery; tubes and ducts, especially in the lungs and pancreas become blocked. Microbiota Impacted The gut … Read More

Say Cheese, and Add Probiotics to Fend Off Oral Thrush

IPA AdminFrom The Gut

Teeth wear out long before we do. Dentures offer a decent solution but are prime breeding sites for Candida albicans, a fungus which when overgrown in the oral cavity is called thrush. Probiotics may be an alternative to antifungal agents in the prevention and treatment of oral candida. Research described in an IPA blog Probiotics May Fight Candida in Dentures … Read More

Probiotics and Memory: A Conflicted Study

IPA AdminFrom The Gut

Coming across less than stellar news about probiotics is rare, like reading about Mother Teresa’s doubts on her faith. However accustomed as we are to the rushing train of probiotic and prebiotic benefits rolling through our labs, microbial science is still a track of discovery where conflicting or negative results deserve ample attention. Researchers at University of New South Wales … Read More

IPA’s George Paraskevakos Reports from Expo West

IPA AdminFrom The Gut, News

IPA Executive Director George Paraskevakos recently journeyed into the vast halls of Natural Foods Expo West to discover that probiotics too have come far in the marketplace. “Probiotics have truly arrived. From Dr. Oz earlier this year, to the Natural Product Expo West show in Anaheim, one might say it is the invasion of the microorganism armies.  As I walked … Read More