As of 2001, probiotics have been defined by the World Health Organization's (WHO) as "live micro-organisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health beneﬁt on the host." The health benefit of probiotics has seen its reach extend beyond the gut and across organs and metabolic … [Read more...] about Probiotics: A Look at Dose and Response
The best thing about resolutions involving probiotics: lots of “do’s” and not so many “don’ts.” For most people, it is much easier to dream up a creamy yogurt dessert than to face off against a decadent chocolate cake. So, get going in the new year with a dollop of our best advice. In 2017, you … [Read more...] about 2017 Resolutions, Probiotic-style
In a 2016 article Bacteriocin production: a relatively unharnessed probiotic trait? a group of researchers in Cork, Ireland led by James W. Hegarty, are making a case for bacteriocins. What are bacteriocins? Peptides produced by bacteria that can act against other similar bacteria; the … [Read more...] about Bacteriocins: Time To Harness The Power?
Holidays bring rich foods, creamy eggnogs and no surprise, weight gain. Why do celebrations seemingly call for high caloric, high-fat goodies when healthy foods can be just as exotic and delicious? This year try to think outside of the traditional box when it comes to festive dinners and tasty … [Read more...] about Time to Ferment Your Festivities
Pancreatic cancer is a killer. In spite of advances in garnering its mechanism, the same cannot be said for treating this most fatal of cancers. Researchers are looking to the microbiome. Changes in diet, infection or lifestyle may disturb the normal symbiotic karma between host and the … [Read more...] about Pancreatic Cancer: Possible Role for Probiotics
The aging microbiome bumps into challenges its younger self may not have: chronic diseases, exposure to group living, multiple medications and changes in dentition and swallowing that disrupt diet. Yale Medical School Professor Vincent Quagliarello, MD discussed the vagaries of the microbiome in … [Read more...] about In Old Age, Our Altered Microbiomes Can Lead to Disease