Iron Supplements Can Mess with Microbes

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Iron is the go-to treatment for anemia. Troubling though is the dysbiosis it can cause. Iron favors strains of pathogenic species over more healthful ones. In the genital tract, for instance, Gardnerella vaginalis, Trichomonas vaginalis and Candida albicans require iron for adhesion.  Most lactobacilli, which maintain a healthy vaginal ecosystem, do not. And in another example with 115 randomized Kenyan infants, … Read More

Healthy Baby Microbes Shut Down Food Allergy

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Frequent fliers know that peanuts are often forbidden in flight–an allergic reaction to foods such as peanuts can be fatal. Other common allergens in the food category include cow’s milk, eggs, soy, wheat, and tree nuts. And if it seems like their incidence is increasing, it’s not just your internet exposure: The prevalence of food allergy in those less than … Read More

Sweet: Mother’s Microbes Shape Breastmilk Sugars

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Human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) are sugar molecules found only in breast milk—not in formula and certainly not in milk from other animals. A newborn can’t digest HMOs. However, certain species in his microbiome can and in the process change the composition of said microbiome. Because of this effect, researchers are looking at HMOs to see if they are the mitigating factors … Read More

Breastfeeding Impacts Microbes in Late Infancy

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Breast is best when feeding infants. Experts agree that with its curated blend of amino acids, carbohydrates, fats, minerals, vitamins, and a trove of other nutritional factors, human milk far surpasses formula in many aspects. For starters, it’s free. And easy and available. Breast fed babies achieve better weights and are less prone to allergies and asthma. The list of benefits … Read More

Green Tea Works with Microbes to Detox

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Green tea comes steeped in endorsements from nutritionists. This power beverage is known to help prevent chronic diseases including cancer, obesity, and metabolic syndrome. The secret appears to lie in its polyphenols; epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) dominates. Exactly how this particular polyphenol operates to avert diseases is largely unknown. Polyphenols scavenge toxins One idea: Toxic reactive cellular metabolites, such as ammonia and reactive carbonyl species … Read More

Probiotics Show Promise in Alzheimer’s Disease

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A popular gift this holiday was a genetic testing kit. Priced reasonably and readily available without a prescription online and in stores, the DNA tests focus on ancestry and health. You may be delighted to discover a few ancestors hailed from Africa. On the other hand, you may find out your dad is not that man living with your mom. And … Read More

Gut Walls May Be Leaky in Fibromyalgia

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Pain has a purpose. It tells us to pay attention: to remove a hand from fire, rest a sore leg or seek medical attention. But sometimes pain can be fake news. Pain can be the brain misreading signals, as in fibromyalgia. This common disorder is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain along with fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Clues to fibromyalgia Several illnesses … Read More

Childhood Obesity: New Study on Microbes

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Our children are getting fatter. Too much food and not enough exercise are the chief culprits for this global epidemic. Among other contributors, the microbiome is under suspicion. Studies done mostly in animals but also some humans suggest why the microbiome is involved. Microbes: mechanisms of action in obesity Increasing energy harvest Changing host metabolism Activation of innate immunity Lowering … Read More

Probiotics Get the Party Started

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Traditional holiday feasts are not so microbe-friendly. A week of high fat and sugar treats can throw your gut microbes into a tailspin, possibly weakening your immune system just in time for flu season. Repeat this mantra: Healthy can be delicious. And try these ideas below to keep those friendly microbes merry this season. Menu ideas Substitute low-fat yogurt or … Read More

Journalists Get Schooled on the Microbiome

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The popular press has discovered probiotics. Barely a week goes by when a provocative story doesn’t herald the ups and downs of microbiome research. Often these headlines feel like a wild ride on a roller coaster when the science is actually far less dramatic. For example, two recent studies published in the September 6th issue of Cell by scientists at … Read More