Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a devastating neurodegenerative disease causing neuropathological changes and a severe decline in cognitive function. The most common cause of dementia, AD has no known cure. Although some medications may delay the loss of cognition and memory, definitive interventions … [Read more...] about Probiotics Show Promise in Alzheimer’s Disease
Bariatric surgery improves metabolism and inflammation in severe obesity and is associated with gut microbiota modifications. However, the role of the gut microbiota in inducing these beneficial changes is controversial in part because the surgery may not fully restore microbial balance. Recent … [Read more...] about Bariatric Surgery: A Role for Probiotics?
Despite the considerable health benefits of breastfeeding, initiation and duration rates continue to fall short of international guidelines. Acute mastitis is one of the main reasons why women stop breastfeeding. While antibiotics are frequently prescribed for this painful breast condition, their … [Read more...] about A Role for Probiotics in Mastitis?
By the current definition, a prebiotic is “a substrate that is selectively utilized by host microorganisms conferring a health benefit.” A fiber-rich diet —containing non-digestible carbohydrates and other substrates such as polyphenols — as well as supplements containing such compounds are … [Read more...] about Individual Response to Prebiotics Varies
Throughout human history, beneficial microbes have adapted to thrive on specific substances in the food we eat. Yet only in the past few decades have scientists homed in on which substrates —and underlying mechanisms of action—are used to best nourish them. The concept of “prebiotics” has since … [Read more...] about Prebiotics in a Nutshell
Following your gut instincts is one way of making decisions. Now emerging research suggests that the gut may be more involved in decision-making than previously thought. Choices may be influenced by microbial mechanisms in the gut. Whether or not those decisions are prudent may actually depend … [Read more...] about Can Probiotics Affect Decision-Making?
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a global public health issue affecting many millions each year. Management requires an understanding of both the primary brain injury and the secondary sequelae that affect peripheral organs, including the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The gut-brain axis is composed of … [Read more...] about Traumatic Brain Injury & Gut Microbes
The health benefits of surgical interventions are undeniable; with the development of safer methods to administer and monitor general anesthesia over the past century, they have saved countless lives from cancer, heart disease, and other serious conditions. The patient’s health overall and the … [Read more...] about Gut Microbiota & Perioperative Neurocognitive Disorders
Breast cancer treatments developed over the last decades have greatly improved survivorship as well as return to a cancer-free life for many. Even so, 650,000 women globally died from the disease in 2020. As described in the previous blog, dysbiosis emerged as a key player that may influence … [Read more...] about Part 2: Microbes & Breast Cancer Treatments
In 2020, 2.3 million women worldwide were diagnosed with breast cancer. The most frequently identified female cancer, breast cancer has links to changes in the gut and mammary microbiota. The microbiota at these sites appear to influence breast cancer risk, response to treatment, and recurrence. … [Read more...] about Part 1: Microbes & Breast Cancer
Natural Products Expo West returns live to Anaheim, California on March 8-12, 2022 after a pandemic pause. Highlights of Expo West 2022 include Climate Day, the annual State of Natural & Organic session, Pitch Slam, Fresh Ideas Organic Marketplace, a JEDI Community Happy Hour, and Evenings … [Read more...] about Natural Products Expo West Returns Live
Sometimes called uterine cancer, endometrial cancer begins in the layer of cells lining the uterus. Due to emerging evidence that the uterus is not a sterile cavity, researchers have begun to investigate the endometrial microbiome and its possible role in endometrial cancer. Endometrial cancer, … [Read more...] about Endometrial Cancer: Role of the Microbiome
The IPA Scientific Committee wrote a blog about this when Lactobacillus decided it didn’t want to be such a huge genus any longer. Published in 2020 was the research on the how and why this name change was needed. A taxonomic note on the genus Lactobacillus. Just to clarify that the real purpose … [Read more...] about Taxonomy – What is the Big Deal?
Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological diseases worldwide, affecting about 50 million people. Most live in low to middle-income countries where prevention and treatment can be lacking. Head injury, stroke, infections, and congenital abnormalities can all lead to epilepsy. The disease can … [Read more...] about Probiotics: A Role in Epilepsy?
by Ines Martinez,Head of Probiotic R&D team - SACCO Bacteria have inhabited our planet for 3.5 billion years, this was a long time before eukaryotic life emerged in our planet approximately 2.7 billion years ago. In short, we have evolved in a bacterial world, thus every aspect of our … [Read more...] about Our Biology has been Shaped by Bacteria
Postbiotics are emerging as potent forces for health, just as with probiotics, prebiotics and synbiotics. But unlike these related substances, the term postbiotic continues to cause no small amount of confusion. Postbiotics, an evolving definition Researchers working with probiotics observed … [Read more...] about Seeking Clarity on Postbiotics
First introduced in the 1920s, phthalates are commercial chemicals used in a vast array of consumer products: plastic and vinyl, medical supplies, flooring, wall coverings, cosmetics, personal care products and toys. Their usefulness in industry is undeniable but researchers have observed harmful … [Read more...] about Can Probiotics Reduce Harms of Phthalates?
Proper sleep is vital for a healthy body and mind. Amassing research is drilling down on the role of the microbiome in the complicated matter of sleep rhythms and harmful impacts of deprivation and/or disruption from jet lag, night shift work, and sleep apnea. On December 9, Nutraingredients-USA … [Read more...] about Microbiome Modulation to Improve Sleep: Webinar Recap
The International Probiotics Association, in special collaboration with The Gut Stuff, recently hosted “Probiowhatics?” — a webinar with a panel of probiotic experts and influencers. Lisa MacFarlane, co-founder with her twin sister Alana Macfarlane Kempner of The Gut Stuff, introduced the … [Read more...] about “Probiowhatics”: New Webinar from IPA & The Gut Stuff
While some things in life are best forgotten, our memories build the framework of intelligence — cognitive, emotional, and social — enabling a rich existence. Memory is required to learn a language, drive a car, write computer code, keep a friend and, of course, remember where you put the … [Read more...] about Can Probiotics Improve Memory?
By Kristine Koppelhus MSc Nutrition, BioGaia What is antibiotic resistance? Drug-resistant bacteria that have adapted and acquired the ability to survive in the presence of the drugs intended to kill them. The result is that our pool of effective drugs is shrinking as antibiotics are becoming … [Read more...] about Probiotics to Prevent Antibiotic Resistance: the Time is Now
A peanut butter sandwich may seem innocuous, but for a growing number of children, it may be harmful or even life-threatening. Food allergies to peanuts, tree nuts and shellfish cause the most severe reactions but eggs, milk, wheat and soy are also on the list of potential antigens. Food … [Read more...] about Cesarean Section & Food Allergy: A Role for Probiotics?
Meet Lacticaseibacillus rhamnosus: The Happy Wanderer ____________________________________________________________________________ The way these friendly microbes travel is fascinating! Meet Lacticaseibacillus rhamnosus, who we like to call the Happy Wanderers among your microbiota. Science … [Read more...] about 7 Things Lacticaseibacillus rhamnosus Is Good For
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths —after lung cancer —worldwide. The World Health Organization reported 1,930,000 new cases and 935,000 deaths in 2020. In the United States, early detection and prevention have contributed to rapid decreases in CRC … [Read more...] about Bowel Prep for Colonoscopies Disrupts Gut Microbes
Probiotic supplements sales grew 48% in 2020 from the year before, topping the category at Amazon online. Fantastic news — and a key takeaway from a free webinar “What’s Driving Probiotics Sales Growth on Amazon?” offered recently by International Probiotics Association (IPA) in partnership with … [Read more...] about Probiotics Sales Lead Supplement Category at Amazon
Meet Enterococcus faecium - An Ammunition Expert When facing adversaries, having an ally who can supply you with good ammunition is really helpful, such as the probiotic, Enterococcus faecium. But, what’s truly mind-blowing is how closely related this ally is to pathogenic species. Reading that … [Read more...] about Enterococcus faecium: A Probiotic that Sparks the Importance of Safety Testing
Viral infections — such as SARS-CoV-2 causing this pandemic — have long threatened life on earth, most likely for billions of years. In the 21st century, respiratory tract infections, HIV and infectious gastroenteritis are some of the leading causes of premature death across the world. Because few … [Read more...] about Interplay of Viruses, the Microbiome and Probiotics
Choosing a probiotic isn’t getting any easier. As new offers flood the market, the different types, doses and delivery systems of probiotics offer abundant choices. But the sheer number of different probiotic supplements can be overwhelming In a series of blogs, IPA tackled a few of the most … [Read more...] about Probiotic Supplements: Six-Part Series
Antibiotics kill off pathogens, saving untold numbers of lives every year. Unfortunately, the 20th century wonder drugs also destroy a lot of beneficial bacteria along the way. The ensuing disturbances in gut microbiota communities can lead to diarrhea and other displays of dysbiosis. Antibiotics … [Read more...] about Probiotic Supplements: Take with Antibiotics?
Many people keep probiotic supplements in the refrigerator, often wedged between bottles of kombucha and cartons of yogurt. But it can get crowded. Could probiotic supplements be stored in a cupboard near vitamins and fish oil capsules? In other words, do probiotic supplements require … [Read more...] about Probiotic Supplements: Refrigerate or Not?
After deciding which probiotic supplement offers the beneficial strains that meet your health goals, you may consider what time of day to take it. Is a probiotic supplement best taken on an empty stomach? Or perhaps it should be taken with food? Various health sites and blogs offer advice on … [Read more...] about Probiotic Supplements: Does Time of Day Matter?
Once a consumer or practitioner decides which probiotic strain may benefit a specific health target, they must choose from a vast array of formats such as pills, capsules, powders, gummies, suppositories and liquids. Note: Fermented foods and beverages such as yogurt, sauerkraut, kefir, and … [Read more...] about Probiotic Supplements: Delivery Formats
In its 6th year, IPA World Congress + Probiota Americas presents a pivotal experience linking top experts from across the globe to connect the business and science of the microbiome. The 2021 Digital Summit will take place from June 15 through June 1. Mark your calendars; you won’t want to miss … [Read more...] about IPA World Congress + Probiota Americas Digital Summit: June 15-17, 2021
In the past decade, probiotic supplement dosages have rocketed from millions to billions of CFUs, with some boasting as many as 200 billion. While more may be better when it comes to love and money, this is not necessarily —but can be — the case with probiotics. CFUs or colony forming … [Read more...] about Probiotic Supplements: What is an Adequate Dosage?
The Best Microbial Travel Buddy in Your Gut One of the only probiotic yeasts, Saccharomyces boulardii, can be described as the best travel buddy in your gut. A resilient traveler, who is always moving to find the next best place to visit, this budding, digestion-helping, pathogen-eliminating … [Read more...] about Saccharomyces boulardii
Patients often rely on health professionals to guide them on probiotics. Questions abound: which conditions may benefit, which probiotic, what dosage and a multitude of others. Sorting through all the data and information available may cause confusion — not only in patients but also for the very … [Read more...] about Health Professionals’ Knowledge on Probiotics
Diversity enriches our global ecosystems. It appears to be no different for many sites of the human body hosting microbial populations — albeit with at least one striking exception. For example, vaginal microbiota is distinct in that greater bacterial diversity is seen in women with bacterial … [Read more...] about Diversity Matters in Microbiota
As promised, Probiota 2021 Summit in February offered expert speakers and vigorous panels who engaged on key issues affecting the business of the microbiome: European Regulatory Opportunities for the Next Decade:Beyond The GutPre & Probiotics Futures IPA has been dipping back into … [Read more...] about Probiota 2021 Summit, An Excerpt
Heartbreakingly, malnutrition is responsible for 35% of deaths among children under five globally. And for survivors of early undernutrition, the long-term consequences may include increased risk of stunting, impaired neurodevelopment and negative social and economic impacts. Recent research … [Read more...] about Severe Acute Malnutrition & Probiotics
Each year, more than half a million women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and the disease leads to more than 300,000 deaths worldwide. High-risk subtypes of the human papilloma virus (HPV) are the cause of the disease in most cases. HPV is not shy. A woman’s lifetime risk of acquiring … [Read more...] about Probiotics and Human Papillomavirus: A Look at the Research
“You may be a surprised,” said Rodolphe Barrangou, PhD, “but we already live arguably in a post-CRISPR world where some people afflicted with genetic disease have already been treated with and cured with genome-editing based gene therapies.” For those of us still living in a pre-CRISPR world, Dr. … [Read more...] about CRISPR for Next-Gen Probiotics
Want to learn about Probiotic regulations, and understand how Health Canada does it? Then tune in for: “How are probiotics regulated in Canada?” Listen to Michael Steller from Health Canada and Sandra Saville from the IPA. Michael … [Read more...] about IPA ProbioCast: How probiotics are regulated in Canada?
Sandra Saville, RD, the International Probiotic Association (IPA) Director of Education asks Solange Henoud, Director of Global Regulatory Affairs for Lallemand to answer the question, "Are Probiotics Regulated?" Beyond yes, learn why and how probiotics are definitely regulated! Solange … [Read more...] about IPA ProbioCast: Answering the Question – Are Probiotics Regulated?
ADM ADM has released its third annual outlook for Global Consumer Trends that will shape the food, beverage, and animal nutrition industries and drive market growth over the next few years. ADM identified seven trends introducing changing consumer behaviors, attitudes, and … [Read more...] about HPA (China) News – November 2022
ADM ADM partners with the University of Illinois to open the new ADM Technology Center. It is reported, the center will focus on human nutrition research and development, wet chemistry, sensory science, data science, computational fluid dynamics, etc., to create opportunities for students in areas … [Read more...] about HPA (China) News – October 2022