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 … [Read more...] about How Gray are your Microbes?
A glance around your local drugstore or supermarket is proof enough that probiotics have become mainstream. Impressive growth in the sector has been fueled by a rise in awareness of their importance in gut health as well as conditions ranging from obesity to mental health. How much growth? When … [Read more...] about Sales of Probiotics All Over the Map
Baby boomers are finding the spirit is often willing, but knees—not so much. Sore and stiff joints seem to arrive just when you line up for your $10 Senior Pass at the U.S. National Parks. First, know there are two main types of arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is immunity gone rogue, an … [Read more...] about For Stiff Joints, Microbes Matter
The humble cabbage has outsized health benefits. When steeped in salt and set aside to ferment (sauerkraut), the payoff includes probiotic potential. Take a look at the nutritional goodness in one cup of sauerkraut: 32 calories 4 grams of fiber 35% Percent Daily Value (DV) of needed … [Read more...] about Cabbage Heads to Front of Health Class
Infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) brings numerous harms, not least a dysbiosis leading to: microbial translocation chronic immune activation changes in tryptophan metabolism These toxic effects are felt by the central nervous system (CNS) and are poorly … [Read more...] about Probiotics May Thwart Mental Changes in HIV
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