Ancient Cultures Abound at IPA World Congress

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With its white beaches, cool seas and stunning ruins, Greece could slide on its looks. Yet this magical country has long been a hub of intellectual energy, since the time of Socrates. That greatest of philosophers would no doubt have had something to say about probiotics, the healthful microbes growing in his yogurt which remained unnamed until the 20th century. … Read More

Can Probiotics Unsweeten the Deal?

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Blood sugar levels can take a beating during pregnancy. The stress of incubating a new human is considerable. While recent studies show probiotics may help with control for normal weight pregnant women, little is known how probiotics may affect obese pregnant women. Researchers at the National Maternity Hospital, Dublin, Ireland recruited 175 pregnant women with an early pregnancy body mass … Read More

Miso More Than Soup

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If as far as you’ve ever gotten with miso was a simple soup before sushi, get ready to enchant your taste buds. Miso sounds straightforward: a paste made from fermented soybeans, used by Chinese people over 2000 years ago. Later, the Japanese got creative and added rice to make a sweet miso or barley to make a more pungent flavor. … Read More

Gardnerella Not as Pretty as They Sound

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Vaginal infections are one of the most common reasons women head to the doctor or pharmacy. Antibiotics can challenge the culprit—most often Gardnerella vaginalis, a bacterium named for its home invasion address—but all too often the infection returns with a vengeance. Healthy premenopausal women predominantly host lactobacilli which produce antimicrobial substances such as hydrogen peroxide, lactic acid and bacteriocins. The healthy bacteria … Read More

Probiotics Are Picky Eaters

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Like children, probiotics must be fed. That’s where prebiotics come in. With technical names like inulin, dextrin and oligosaccharides, prebiotics sound less than appetizing, akin to feeding a human a carbohydrate and amino acid sandwich. Yet all sorts of delicious foods stack up as great feeders for your microbes: artichokes, bananas, garlic, and asparagus are just a few. But wait. Do … Read More

Caesarean Delivery Linked to Obesity

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  Each person’s microbial map is unique. Some lead to excess kilos on the scale.   From the beginning: Your mother’s earliest choices design your blend. If delivered naturally, your mother’s birth canal is the first place microbes jump aboard. But if delivered by caesarean, newborns miss out on the mother’s mix of microbes and instead populate with pirate microbes: those belonging to the … Read More

Cold Comfort

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  The nagging cough and stuffy nose–the  downsides of living among people and pollutants–are strangers to only the lucky few. Yet, most probiotic research involving respiratory conditions has focused on vulnerable subsets of the population: infants, the elderly, the sedentary or even the elite athlete facing extreme physical stress.  Probiotics may reduce the rate, severity and duration of the illness, according … Read More

Probiotics Gain in Popularity

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Recent survey results  on supplement usage are worth a look. In more than 10,000 users of dietary supplements, use of calcium, vitamin C and even fish oil, the most popular supplement, decreased. Probiotics usage increased in men, numbers which brought them more even with women. The authors of this study at ConsumerLab.com had this posted about the results: “The changes … Read More

Antibiotics Outdo Probiotics at Surgical Incisions

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One peril of any surgery is the risk of infection. In many cases, an IV antibiotic given immediately before the cutting as well as a course of oral antibiotics the week before is protocol. A recent study from Tokai University in Japan asked whether probiotics could manage infectious agents just as well. Undergoing surgery for colon cancer, 310 patients were … Read More

Bone Up on Probiotics

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One rarely thinks of bone when listing the helpful roles of probiotics in the body. Rather gut-related processes point to more obvious roles in allergies, inflammatory conditions and bowel disorders. Yet data from both animals and humans suggest that microbiota are contributors to strong bone health. This would be welcomed as many millions of older adults—primarily post-menopausal women—suffer from osteoporosis, … Read More