Probiotics: A No-Brainer for Brain Health

IPA AdminFrom The Gut

Drugs target serotonin to reduce depression and other mood disorders. Could probiotics do the same, given that the microbiome is one smooth operator in gut-brain signaling?[i] Researchers Caroline J. K. Wallace and Roumen Milev of Queens University in Ontario asked the same in “The effects of probiotics on depressive symptoms in humans: a systematic review” which appeared in Annals of General Psychiatry in February, 2017. … Read More

How Gray are your Microbes?

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Is aging a disease? Some in the ranks of research think it may be so. Others stick to the idea that aging begins after the snip of the umbilical cord, the intrinsic nature of the mortal beast. Michael S. Lustgarten of Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston has written a provocative piece titled … Read More

For Stiff Joints, Microbes Matter

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Baby boomers are finding the spirit is often willing, but knees—not so much. Sore and stiff joints seem to arrive just when you line up for your $10 Senior Pass at the U.S. National Parks. First, know there are two main types of arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is immunity gone rogue, an autoimmune disorder causing inflammation of joints and other … Read More

Cabbage Heads to Front of Health Class

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The humble cabbage has outsized health benefits. When steeped in salt and set aside to ferment (sauerkraut), the payoff includes probiotic potential. Take a look at the nutritional goodness in one cup of sauerkraut: 32 calories 4 grams of fiber 35% Percent Daily Value (DV) of needed Vitamin C, 102% DV vitamin K, 12% DV iron plus vitamin B6, folate, … Read More

For True Detectives, Microbes Leave Fingerprints

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Fingerprints have led to many a criminal’s downfall. Tips of our digits leave evidence for a very long time helping detectives link the perp to the crime. Alas, gloves are now de rigeur for all but the clumsiest. Now forensic scientists may have a new tool for their investigations: microbes. As explored in IPA’s “Cloudy with a Chance of Microbes” … Read More

Probiotics May Thwart Mental Changes in HIV

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Infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) brings numerous harms, not least a dysbiosis leading to: microbial translocation chronic immune activation changes in tryptophan metabolism These toxic effects are felt by the central nervous system (CNS) and are poorly understood. Concerning tryptophan–an essential (not made by the body) amino acid provided by diet– an enzyme indolamine-2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) breaks it down into … Read More

Probiotics: A Look at Dose and Response

IPA AdminFrom The Gut, Uncategorized

As of 2001, probiotics have been defined by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) as “live micro-organisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.” The health benefit of probiotics has seen its reach extend beyond the gut and across organs and metabolic systems. Still, little is known about what is actually an “adequate amount.” Fortunately, … Read More

2017 Resolutions, Probiotic-style

IPA AdminFrom The Gut

The best thing about resolutions involving probiotics: lots of “do’s” and not so many “don’ts.” For most people, it is much easier to dream up a creamy yogurt dessert than to face off against a decadent chocolate cake. So, get going in the new year with a dollop of our best advice. In 2017, you will: Take your probiotic supplements. … Read More

Bacteriocins: Time To Harness The Power?

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In a 2016 article Bacteriocin production: a relatively unharnessed probiotic trait? a group of researchers in Cork, Ireland led by James W. Hegarty, are making a case for bacteriocins. What are bacteriocins? Peptides produced by bacteria that can act against other similar bacteria; the producers remain immune.  High in diversity: size, structure, mechanisms of action. Receptors are a few ways they … Read More