Good News When Probiotics Become Habit

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  While humans have been eating probiotics by way of cheeses and yogurts for tens of thousands of years, use of supplements for beneficial bacteria is only decades old. Most studies concentrate on immediate effects of pills and capsules. No reliable data exists on “longer-term consumption” of probiotics, a period of time only now relevant. Thus a new curiosity in … Read More

Trendspotting @ Natural Products Expo West 2018

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

With more than 3500 exhibitors and 80,000 bodies, the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, California is no day at the beach. But it’s close—about 10 miles as the seagull flies. And palm trees, yoga breaks, and eternal sunshine are all part of this amazing expo where trends are hatched. IPA’s hungry reporter shares the latest on natural products in 2018: Plants: … Read More

IPA Live From Natural Products Expo West 2018

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Natural Products Expo West 2018

Anaheim in California usually evokes mouse ears, storybook characters and other Disney fantasia. In March though, many thousands flock there for dreams of success in being or finding the next big thing in the natural product sector. IPA’s George Paraskevakos and Elisa Fernandez travelled to the Natural Products Expo West in March to sample the wares and connect with new ideas and established vendors … Read More

Probiotics in Pregnancy May Prevent Baby’s Eczema

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

Eczema in infants is painful to see and even worse for them. Soaring in numbers, this allergic skin disease is caused by genetic defects and foreign substances, often food. But surprisingly, it’s not only the diet of the baby which figures. Probiotics in the mother’s diet before birth may prevent some cases. A new large meta-analysis conducted at the Imperial … Read More

‘Tis the Season for Asparagus: Indulge!

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut


Asparagus sprouts up early in spring. Ignore the unique scent it imbues to urine; it’s just that digestion releases asparagusic acid which metabolizes into sulfur-containing compounds. Proust rather liked it. Asparagus “…transforms my chamber-pot into a flask of perfume.” Marcel Proust (1871–1922) Take advantage of this delicious and rich prebiotic source to feed your healthy microbes. Asparagus delivers 5% fiber by weight as … Read More

Bowel Prep for Colonoscopies Disrupts Microbes

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

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Colonoscopy is the gold standard for finding and removing polyps which could cause colon cancer. Prepping for the test requires imbibing volumes of laxative solutions to cleanse (via diarrhea) the bowel for better viewing. Not fun, but the doctor needs to see a clear picture. One interesting question which rarely comes up is how do these cleansers—usually sodium phosphate or … Read More

IPA World Congress + Probiota in Barcelona, February 7-9, 2018

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut, News

IPA’s George Paraskevakos and Elisa Fernandez travelled to Barcelona, Spain (tough job) in early February to kick-off IPA World Congress + Probiota. On the agenda this year were engaging sessions on modulating the microbiome for sports performance, consumer understanding of pre- and probiotics, the importance of the microbiota in the first 1000 days of life, plus a look at the … Read More

Probiotics Join the Fight Against Flu

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

Like winter, flu season is etched on our calendars. This year many countries are reporting high flu activity and low success of vaccines against the dominant H3N2 strain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Because viruses mutate over time, the formulated vaccines don’t always prevent the flu. Better solutions are needed. The respiratory illness caused and … Read More

Q&A: IPA’s George Paraskevakos Goes to China

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Q&A with George Paraskevakos, Executive Director of International Probiotics Association (IPA) In late January of 2018, George traveled to Beijing, China to present to 2500 regulators and physicians. The China Health Industry Technology & China Microecological Health Conference hosted the gathering at the storied Beijing Hotel where heads of states have met throughout its history. On his return, George shared … Read More

Fiber Gives Microbes Much to Chew On

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

Lentils, black beans, broccoli, mango, raspberries— slivers of the fibrous firmament—taste better than chips or fries and  work for us instead of against. A high-fiber diet helps prevent a litany of diseases including cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Scientists have teased out many clues for how it works; only recently however have they targeted the microbial world. In a … Read More