Alcohol: One More for the ‘Gut-Brain’ Road

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

Alcohol is a favored emollient in many cultures. Unfortunately, excessive intake is tolerated and even encouraged in venues including college campuses and wedding celebrations. So it is no surprise that dependence, disability and death (nearly 6% of all deaths worldwide) are epidemic. Prevention is absolutely the best approach but treatment is vital to reverse the addiction. While studies have historically focused on … Read More

Short-Chain Fatty Acids: Colonic Infusion Could Fight Obesity

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

Imagine a trash collector paying you for the privilege of hauling away the junk. Not happening. But that’s what our gut microbes do: they digest the stuff we can’t—fiber—and then create short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) which are absolute manna for our metabolic health. Note: Counterintuitively, SCFAs are handled differently than fatty acids with long carbon chains, thus removing the fat connotation from … Read More

Melatonin Unlocks a Microbial Key in Obesity

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

A natural hormone in the body, melatonin has long been supplemented by frequent flyers to ease circadian rhythms into new time zones. A newer and potentially more valuable finding is its role in weight gain and metabolism. Indeed, melatonin reduces body weight, liver steatosis, and low-grade inflammation and improves insulin resistance in high fat diet (HFD)-fed mice. This is huge, given … Read More

Scenes from Vitafoods Europe 2017

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut, News, Uncategorized

  George Paraskevakos, Executive Director of IPA chaired a panel at Vitafoods Europe 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland on Tuesday, May 9. Speaking on the KEYNOTE PANEL DISCUSSION: Bridging the knowledge gap in probiotics and prebiotics were: Bradley Saville, PHD, Chief Science and Technology Officer – Prenexus Health Dr Chin-Kun Wang, President – International Society for Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods Dr Gemma … Read More

Psychobiotics: No Longer Your Brain’s Imaginary Friend

Guest BloggerIPA In The Lab

By Dr. Matthew A. Roberts, Ph.D., MBA, Chief Scientific Officer – KGK Science USA Research suggests that the microbiota may affect the way we feel, think, react, and remember although to date much of this has focused on animal models. The tide is shifting, with the consensus in the scientific community being that new research needs to be geared towards substantiating … Read More

Regulation of Probiotics in the USA: Cosmetics

Guest BloggerIPA Counsel Corner

Regulation of Probiotics in the USA by Ivan Wasserman, IPA Counsel Part 3: Cosmetics Cosmetic products are an exciting new category for probiotic-related ingredients. It may seem that cosmetics are less regulated than other FDA regulated product categories, such as dietary supplements and foods (which we discussed in previous articles).  However, despite the fact that the name is only the … Read More

In Men or Women, Yogurt Impacts Microbes Differently

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

It seems men and women are different in more ways than the obvious. Yogurt changes microbes; that we know. But now new research shows that probiotics in yogurt may alter them depending on gender. A team from various medical facilities in Japan led by Yoshio Suzuki has produced some interesting data on how yogurt impacts microbiota in healthy young adults. … Read More

IPA’s George Paraskevakos Chairs Panel at VitaFoods Europe in Geneva

Guest BloggerNews

George Paraskevakos, Executive Director of IPA is chairing a panel at Vitafoods Europe 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland on Tuesday, May 9. Speaking on the KEYNOTE PANEL DISCUSSION: Bridging the knowledge gap in probiotics and prebiotics are: Bradley Saville, PHD, Chief Science and Technology Officer – Prenexus Health Dr Chin-Kun Wang, President – International Society for Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods Dr … Read More

A Microbiome Link to Infertility

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

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In The Handmaid’s Tale, author Margaret Atwood depicts a future where mass infertility leads to draconian fixes. In our non-fiction world of 2017, inability to make a baby occurs but in numbers which won’t yet threaten the survival of humanity. But for couples wanting a child but incapable, the situation can be devastating. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that nearly … Read More

Newsletter Blast-off: IPA inSight

Guest BloggerBenchmarks, News

With this launch of IPA inSight, our goal is to share the best and brightest of probiotic news each month. You will enjoy IPA original content, curated buzz from the popular media, and breakthrough research results as well as alerts on engaging events, past and future. Think of us as your one-stop culture club; just a few minutes of your time will grow big benefits. Sign-up now at the bottom … Read More