Probiotics in Celiac disease

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Wheat gliadin in rye and barley induces severe intestinal symptoms and small bowel damage in celiac disease patients. The most effective treatment to date for this autoimmune disorder is a strict gluten-free diet, a restrictive regimen. Wheat, rye and barley must be avoided as well as processed foods which use these ingredients as fillers or additives such as soups and … Read More

Lentils Feed Probiotics

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Lentils are wildly popular in the Middle East. The pulse or bean grows in a spectrum of colors: from yellow to red-orange to green, brown and black. Cooks in countries such as Egypt favor the red lentil, a bean that softens quickly and can be ready to eat within an hour. No waiting around for a long soak or intense cooking. … Read More

When the Going Gets Tough

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Constipation strikes everyone occasionally but can be a chronic problem for many people. Medications may help but often there are more efficient and natural ways to tackle it. Diet, of course, can often bring relief. High fiber choices with lots of whole grains, fruits and vegetables may alleviate the problem. And probiotics may be of benefit. Differences in the intestinal microbiota … Read More

Probiotics Smeared Online

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A reporter at online magazine The Daily Beast is experiencing probiotic fatigue. In an article titled “Your Probiotic Is Probably B.S.”, Carrie Arnold writes: “Probiotics are having a moment. Though the good gut bugs are likely beneficial for some, companies are using the label to rip off consumers.” Probiotics are hopefully having more than a moment but it is true … Read More

Probiotics Pass the Oral Exam

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People are living longer. Their hard-working teeth don’t always accompany them down the home stretch. As a result, dentures are going to be necessary for billions of people around the globe. Great advances have made artificial sets of teeth more comfortable and functional, as well as no longer fashioned from trees. However, a common problem is the tendency for Candida Albicans … Read More

Top Experts Review State of Probiotics

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“…a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” While Juliet had a valid and extremely poetic point, precise definitions and taxonomy are never more important than when health and medical needs are at issue. Probiotics. It has over a decade since the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization honed a definition: “live … Read More

Mother’s Diet Changes Infant Microbiota

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A mammal’s first microbes are set by its earliest days: Mode of delivery—cesarean section or vaginal birth Breast fed or bottle Metabolism and obesity are impacted by its unique microbiota. Researchers asked whether a high-fat maternal diet would change the offspring’s intestinal microbes. In this research Japanese macaque primates were the model. Results revealed a dysbiosis. Surprisingly, there was a … Read More

When Probiotics Misbehave

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In spite of the positive name, a probiotic can sometimes exhibit a dark side, one with less than healthy results for the host. One recent occurrence saw an 11 month old female with trisomy 21 develop a “respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) bronchiolitis with bacterial super-infection secondary to administration of Lactobacillus rhamnosus.” Read the abstract here. Lactobacilli are the good guys. … Read More

Mighty Bacteriocins

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Bacteria defend their turf with powerful weapons: bacteriocins. These peptides kill off competitors and maintain space and food for themselves. Not a foreign concept for us. Yet this ammunition is much less costly—it comes free of charge with fermented foods. (Short chain fatty acids and hydrogen peroxide are also produced by bacteria for defense) Bacteriocins are all over the map … Read More

Prebiotics Change Recipe of Gut Genome

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We are what we eat. A high- fat will change microbiota of the gut. Prebiotic-rich foods will also change bacterial species which in turn can improve gut function. But which genome material changes are responsible? Researchers recently subjected mice to either a high-fat diet or a prebiotic diet for 8 weeks. Results showed that the gut microbiome was significantly affected … Read More