Fat-fighting microbes? Prove it with a robust study design.

Guest BloggerIPA In The Lab, Uncategorized

By Josh Baisley, B.Sc., Director of Clinical Trials, Nutrasource Obesity, defined as a body mass index (BMI) ≥30kg/m2, continues to be an important health issue globally, as it is a major risk factor for several diseases, including hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, gall bladder disease, osteoarthritis and some cancers, among others.1,2 Rates of obesity continue to increase across … Read More

Holiday Cheers for Probiotics

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

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It’s so easy to throw a ribbon on a box of candy or bottle of booze and call it your very merry holiday offering. Resist the ordinary. This year, invest your resources in gifts that will actually improve the health of those you care about (even though your annoying co-worker still merits ribbon candy.) Ideas with synbiotic sensibilities Kefir grains and … Read More

Time to Consider Probiotics for Burn Patients

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

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Painful burns in children are gut-wrenching, in more ways than one. As the third leading cause of death in children behind car accidents and drowning, burns can devastate the gut microflora which may lead to sepsis and organ failure. Enhancing immunity and preventing bacterial invasion from the gut has been a goal. Tube feedings enriched with glutamine and omega-3 fatty … Read More

In Colon Cancer, Probiotics Pay It Forward

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

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Why are rates of colon cancer (CRC) rising across the globe? Much blame goes to the “Western diet” with its red meat, processed foods and low fiber content, a deadly menu now exported into the remotest regions of the earth. Of course, our “Western medicine” via colonoscopy can find polyps and laser them out before cancer takes hold; prevention of … Read More

WANTED: Probiotics, Dead or Alive

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

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Much is made of the surviving numbers of live bacteria reaching our guts, whether through food or supplements. Yes,  live probiotics taking seed and growing into vigorous colonies promise to be good neighbors across the spectrum of health for humans. But much like a life well-lived, good things can follow in the wake of even dead probiotics. Metabolites alone can … Read More

Probiotics: Nothing to Sneeze at for Summer Colds

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut, Uncategorized

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Summer colds ride in on the baggage of the season: packed flights, aggressive air conditioning, outdoor air pollution, and even the sleep we miss because nighttime sunshine is too sweet to miss. Luckily, because fruits and vegetables taste so good this time of year, we revel in more phytochemicals than the rest of the year. Probiotics should be part of that menu. Research suggests that … Read More