In Fighting Obesity, Ginger Impacts Microbiota

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Sushi generally comes with a healthy portion of pickled ginger. Technically known as Zingiber officinale Roscoe, the name and the condiment can be a mouthful. Still it is  worthwhile putting more of this spice into your diet. Ginger has been shown to exert beneficial effects against obesity and related disorders. Exactly how the gut microbiota is linked is not yet clear … Read More

Alcohol Use Disorder and the Microbiome

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Alcohol—legal and ubiquitous—enlivens parties and brightens mood. It also destroys millions of lives every year, making it one of society’s biggest public health problems. Harmful use of alcohol is a causal factor in more than 200 diseases and injuries. More than 3 million people died from alcohol- related conditions in 2016. Furthermore, alcohol abuse creates considerable negative health and social … Read More

Probiotics Tested in Eye Fatigue from Screens

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Bleary-eyed coders and sleepy gamers are a common sight these days. The digital age has been an eye opener: laptops, phones and tablets stress our visual senses to levels never seen in history. Eye fatigue, pain, blurred vision, dry eyes—all results of our love affair with screens. While the act of staring continuously with reduced blink rates is one obvious and … Read More

The Microbiome and Multiple Sclerosis: Where Are We?

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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is not a killer. But this chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease of the central nervous system severely damages the communication between nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord– leading to pain and debilitation. In essence, a protective sheath called myelin is attacked by the body’s own immune system, triggering an inflammatory response. As with many autoimmune … Read More

Probiotics Tested in Marathon Runners

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Tales of gut woes for long-distance runners are well-documented. Runners sometimes cross a finish line only to vomit or collapse onto a stretcher. The usual reason? Excess heat—caused either by outside temperatures or the metabolic fire within—stresses the body, blunting performance. Heat-stressed athletes often endure what is termed “leaky gut”, a condition where the intestinal lining becomes more permeable, allowing … Read More

Trendspotting at Natural Products Expo West in California

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The Natural Products Expo West keeps getting bigger. More than 3600 companies were showcased this March in Anaheim, California and an estimated 90,000 attended the event. Two of them, IPA’s George Paraskevakos and Elisa Fernandez travelled to the sunny clime to meet up with members and scope out probiotic innovations. They were not disappointed. The convention center offered everything from … Read More

Probiotics Reduce Chemotherapy Damages

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Cancer is brutal but then so is the treatment. Chemotherapy, often used for late-stage cancers, damages intestinal mucosa causing nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. These side effects may worsen the patient’s nutritional status and immune function—vital for fighting cancers– or sometimes delay the treatment cycle. Under the umbrella of intestinal harms are: epithelial cell apoptosis, barrier dysfunction, microbe changes and proinflammatory cytokine … Read More

IPA World Congress + Probiota Americas in Vancouver

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The IPA World Congress + Probiota Americas 2019 brings together top experts to share insights on scientific and market aspects of the synbiotic field. Probiota Americas is the leading annual event for the prebiotic, probiotic and the microbiota-focused food and pharma industries in the Americas, brought to you by NutraIngredients-USA. This year the city of Vancouver in Canada will host this important conference … Read More

Is the Key to Happiness in Our Microbes?

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Imagine if microbes could make you smile.  Plenty of new research suggests that unhappiness, at least in the guise of depression and anxiety, may stem from the gut-brain axis and what transpires along the route. A new paper describes the many challenges inherent in the intricate science and suggests a way forward. Gregor Reid of Lawson Health Research Institute in Canada laid … Read More

Big Money Pours into Microbiome Research

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Money talks and we listen. Since the year 2000, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (over 50 billion USD in assets) has poured billions into tackling the world’s most pressing health problems such as malaria and infectious disease. Now the philanthropists are embracing gut microbes. Like most of us in the probiotic industry, Bill and Melinda Gates believe in the promise of probiotics. In a blog on … Read More