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

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

How Gray are your Microbes?

IPA AdminFrom The Gut

Is aging a disease? Some in the ranks of research think it may be so. Others stick to the idea that aging begins after the snip of the umbilical cord, the intrinsic nature of the mortal beast. Michael S. Lustgarten of Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston has written a provocative piece titled … Read More

In Alzheimer’s, Microbes Mind the Mental Gap

IPA AdminFrom The Gut

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is fearsome, affecting 44 million people worldwide; worse, those numbers are growing as populations age. While seemingly random, AD does not strike equally. Western Europe and North America claim the most whereas AD is least prevalent in Sub-Saharan Africa. Aha! Here’s a clue which lines up with the role of microbes in brain function, as well as … Read More

Fake Sugars Disrupt Blood Sugar Control

IPA AdminFrom The Gut

Saccharin, aspartame and sucralose somehow survived decades of cancer tests; the chemicals infuse countless diet foods and beverages which promise the taste of real sugar without the calories. Indeed, many millions on doctors’ or dietitians’ orders have switched to the sugar substitutes to lose weight or better manage diabetes. Turns out, the opposite may occur. Weight gain and glucose intolerance … Read More

Messy Microbes in Schizophrenia

IPA AdminFrom The Gut

Schizophrenia is a brain disorder in which people hear imaginary voices, commands or threats. It is terrifying disease for which there is no known cure, only management with meds and other therapies. (Developing countries may have better rates of recovery–a fascinating node of exploration.) As much as one to three percent of the global population suffers with schizophrenia; 10 percent … Read More

Seasons Change Our Microbes

IPA AdminFrom The Gut

Cold weather seems to pack on the weight. Are we eating more hot apple pie or just not going outside to exercise? (Answer: both.) Seasonal variations affect our weight, our moods—and now our microbes. Early evidence comes from a group known as the Hutterites, who were chosen as research subjects because their diets are similar from winter to summer, day … Read More