Archive for Probiotic News & Research

Is It Time To Consider A Probiotic Supplement For Weight Loss?


We’ve known for sometime that the health benefits of probiotic supplementation go far beyond digestive and immune system support. But how many of us have ever considered a probiotic supplement as part of our weight loss/weight management regimen? Perhaps more people should. A slew of studies in recent years have revealed a correlation between extra weight/total body fat and our intestinal microbiota balance. Read more

Can Probiotics Alter Brain Activity?


There is an obvious connection between the way your stomach feels and the way your brain reacts.  Now researchers are finding that because Probiotics are so good for your stomach health, they may even help reduce the stress, anxiety, and depression signals that the brain receives from the stomach.  Read more

Can Probiotics Make You Sexier?


Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology were surprised to find an unexpected result in their study on probiotics and obesity – increased levels of mouse…for lack of a better word, sexiness. It is unclear whether these results will be relevant to humans, though they certainly have the potential, but researchers are convinced that they have found a correlation between probiotics and what they call “mouse swagger.” Whether probiotic yogurt is the next big aphrodisiac remains to be seen, but if your pet mouse is having a tough time with the ladies, perhaps you should add some probiotics to their diet. Read more

Taking Antibiotics? Why Probiotics Might Help, Too


Did you know that probiotics can reduce the risk of stomach problems caused by antibiotics? It’s true. Many people don’t realize that antibiotics don’t discriminate when attacking bacteria in our bodies. Sometimes, taking antibiotics can eliminate the healthy bacteria that we have living in our gut, which can result in diarrhea and nausea. Probiotics can help! Read more

Probiotics Benefit Oral Health


A new study has found yet another way Probiotics contribute to overall health.

Researchers in Spain looked at the effects of probiotics on gingivitis, bad breath and cavity development. Read more

How Probiotics Fight Stress & Depression


Anyone who’s struggled with anxiety or depression knows how debilitating they can be. It’s estimated that about 19 Million Americans are dealing with clinical depression at any given time. And even though only about one-third of them will actually receive treatment, it’s also estimated that depression exacts an economic cost of over $30Billion each year.

And those medications often come with a good many side effects of their own.

Fortunately, new research shows there may be a simpler, more natural way to combat both depression and anxiety: A certain strain of probiotics. Read more

Probiotics in Yogurt Do Not Alter Balance Of Intestinal Flora


Think the yogurt you buy in the grocery store is making a difference to your balance of good or bad bacteria? Think again.

Jeffrey Gordon, a microbiologist at Washington University in St. Louis, and his team gave a commercially-available probiotic yogurt containing five strains of bacteria to healthy adult volunteers and administered the same five strains to mice that harbored a subset of genetically-characterized human gut microbes. Read more

Do Gut Bacteria Control Our Appetite?


Ever feel powerless to resist cravings for snacks or unhealthy food? Turns out there may be a good reason for that.

The bacteria in our digestive system – known as our “flora”, could control our urge to eat too much according to new research. It may even make us anxious until we give in and eat. Read more

Dr. Says It’s All About Digestion


I saw this article recently about how pretty much everything in our body relates to our digestion.

It’s by Dr. Martin Gleixner and was published in the New Brunswick Times & Transcript on August 18th.

You can read the full article here, but I’ve pasted some of my favorite exerpts below: Read more

Probiotics Shorten Diarrhea Eposides


Researchers in Wales have released a study showing that probiotics can shorten the time you suffer with a stomach flu. Well, with diarrhea anyway.

In a review of 63 trials, Swansea University found that giving probiotics along with liquids for rehydration cut about a day of suffering off a bout of the “runs.” They also found that the risk of the illness lasting over 4 days was cut by 59%.

And it’s more than just relief for your tummy that’s at stake. Read more