Inulin: A Prebiotic to Remember

Guest BloggerMicrobiome Environment

chicory root

If you can’t recall the top food sources of inulin, keep reading. Soluble fiber such as inulin—a prebiotic—may offset dysbiosis common in aging, potentially leading to mental benefits such as improving memory. These fibers can’t be digested but they can be fermented; bacteria feast on them  like guests raiding your pantry and in the process, leave behind short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs). Inulin is especially adept at creating a … Read More

Probiotics and Memory: A Conflicted Study

IPA AdminClinical Corner, Market Trends

Coming across less than stellar news about probiotics is rare, like reading about Mother Teresa’s doubts on her faith. However accustomed as we are to the rushing train of probiotic and prebiotic benefits rolling through our labs, microbial science is still a track of discovery where conflicting or negative results deserve ample attention. Researchers at University of New South Wales … Read More

Probiotics: A No-Brainer for Brain Health

IPA AdminClinical Corner, Market Trends

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Drugs target serotonin to reduce depression and other mood disorders. Could probiotics do the same, given that the microbiome is one smooth operator in gut-brain signaling?[i] Researchers Caroline J. K. Wallace and Roumen Milev of Queens University in Ontario asked the same in “The effects of probiotics on depressive symptoms in humans: a systematic review” which appeared in Annals of General Psychiatry in February, 2017. … Read More