Probiotics in Clinical Research: Stability Studies Matter

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By Josh Baisley, B.Sc., Associate Director of Clinical Trials, Nutrasource The importance of stability studies is highlighted in cases where a human intervention trial  demonstrates equivocal results, or worse yet, negative results. When there was no evidence to demonstrate that the probiotic survived for the duration of the study period, it could be plausible that results were due the premature expiration … Read More

Probiotics Help Clear Human Papillomavirus

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The human papillomavirus (HPV) gets around. Nearly half of Americans between the ages of 18 and 59 are infected with this sexually transmitted virus, according to a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics. The good news: More than 90% of HPV infections are cleared by the body within 2 years. The immune system may be just part … Read More

Probiotics: A Look at Dose and Response

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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

Probiotics: Tasty Tummy Flatteners

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Want a flat tummy? Well, listen up. Fried foods should be nowhere near your plate. Ditto for sugary desserts and baked goods. But here’s the good news: one thing you don’t have to cut down on are foods rich in probiotic cultures such as creamy yogurt and fizzy kefir which can realign gut bacteria. Luckily, gut microbes are gaining traction … Read More

Sweet Vita of Probiotics

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Probiotics may be ancient history but human awareness of them is frightfully nascent. A look back only a few decades shows just how green our grasp remains. Every two years in Rome, Italy since 1999, a throng of physicians, nutritionists, and microbiologists gathers along with industry leaders as well as consumers and regulators to discuss “Probiotics, Prebiotics and New Foods.” The … Read More

Stalking the Craigslist Kefir

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Craigslist is great for furniture, bikes, books and sports swag. It’s pretty good for apartments and jobs. But for dating and massage services it can end badly. What about kefir grains? This recent ad (above) looks legit, probably some health nut looking to share the probiotic goodness while scoring a few entrepreneurial bucks. On the other hand, it could be some actual … Read More