Lactobacillus and Memory

An interesting little article[i] appeared in GeekWire this week about ongoing research looking at how probiotics affect memory.  Previous research already suggests that memory can be improved by supplementing with beneficial bacteria. Lactobacillus has been shown to improve cognition in Alzheimer’s as well. The article describes a recently published study on mice wherein mice were … Read more

New Information on the Microbiome and Neurodegenerative Diseases

Yet more research[i] has just been published showing the bacterial microbiome’s connection to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.  A variety of bacteria (including ones found in the mouth) produce amyloid proteins (known as bacterial amyloids) similar to the ones produced naturally by our neurons.  (Remember, as I’ve described in a previous post, that amyloid … Read more

You Read It Hear First: Protozoa the Next Generation Probiotic

Helminths are not the only macrobiotic organism that resides in the human ecosystem.  Today, we’re talking protozoa. I read a paper yesterday that has me beside myself with excitement.  (I really do need to get out more.)   “Gut Protozoa:  Friends or Foes of the Human Gut Microbiota?”[i] The authors argue “…that protozoa, like helminths, represent … Read more