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

Probiotics Don’t Like Junk Food

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Probiotics are the “good bacteria” which line the gut. If we treat them well and feed them what they need—prebiotics–probiotics work with us in myriad capacities, many just coming to light now in labs across the world.  The many potential health benefits of probiotics include effects in immunity, weight management, cancers, skin conditions, allergies and others. Probiotics plus prebiotic = … Read More

Colostrum, A Mother’s First Gift

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Mother Nature is not only magical but punctual as well. Minutes after giving birth, a new mother is producing nutrients for the newborn. The first milk, called colostrum, is less than appetizing: thick and yellow rather than milky white. Some women in Africa are warned that it may cause illness and therefore  throw it out with the trash. Bad idea. … Read More

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

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Just knowing you have a gut teeming with healthy bacteria may stave off anxiety. But wait, new research suggests those microbes may actually alleviate stress. One report, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences outlined how mice consuming broth mixed with a strain of Lactobacillus rhamnosus  responded. The rodents showed less anxiety and stress but also produced less … Read More

Praise for Unsung Sauerkraut

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Sauerkraut—literally “sour cabbage” in Deutsch-speak—is a super food packed with nutrition and is especially loved in Germany and eastern European countries. One cup of sauerkraut (approximately 150 g) contains 32 calories, 4 grams of fiber, 35% Percent Daily Value (DV) of needed Vitamin C,  12%DV iron plus vitamin B6, folate, calcium, potassium, and copper.  If that weren’t enough, untreated sauerkraut … Read More

Drug-Induced Obesity Linked to Microbiota

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Weight gain is a common side effect of anti-psychotic medications. First-generation drugs as well as many popular second-generation can lead to considerable weight gain, often thrusting people of normal weight into obesity in less than a year. Recently, a body of research has thrust our gut microbes into the spotlight along with obesity: in particular, obese people have been reported … Read More

Sweet News from the Microbiome

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If predictions from the International Diabetes Federation hold true, one in ten people on the planet will be diabetic by 2030.    Health institutions in countries across the globe are  desperately looking for solutions. A recent study hypothesized that probiotics may be a novel approach given that they appear to alter insulin resistance and diabetes development in rodents. Marie-Christine Simon tested … Read More

How Fast do Probiotics Work?

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Good question and a popular one, denoting a bit of impatience. We damage our health over years, but expect results from our remedies in days if not hours. The good news is that probiotics seem to get to work fast: feeding on a tangle of food fibers, fighting the natives for space and basically invading and setting up shop faster … Read More