Category: Aging

Buy One, Get One Free: Two Papers on the Bacterial Microbiome that Caught My Eye

Flash sale!!!  Two for the price of one today at The Biome Buzz! The first study that I want to share with you was performed in a collaboration between Japanese, Harvard and MIT scientists, and was published in the elite journal, Nature.[i]  The researchers… Continue Reading “Buy One, Get One Free: Two Papers on the Bacterial Microbiome that Caught My Eye”

Feelings and the Microbiome: How Wisdom and Loneliness Affect Microbiota Health

I’ll lay off the prebiotics for today, and give you something completely different, to start off this new month. We all know by now about the bi-directional relationship between the brain and the gut.  I’ve talked about it plenty of times on this blog,… Continue Reading “Feelings and the Microbiome: How Wisdom and Loneliness Affect Microbiota Health”

Prebiotics: What We Currently Know About Their Use in Neuropsychiatric and Neurodegenerative Diseases

One of the questions I get asked the most by my readers is “what prebiotic and/or probiotic is the best?”  Unfortunately, there is no good answer to that because we just don’t have the research to know.  To boot, everyone’s body is different.  Still,… Continue Reading “Prebiotics: What We Currently Know About Their Use in Neuropsychiatric and Neurodegenerative Diseases”

The Flu and the Microbiome: One Reason Those Over 60 Are More At Risk

Back in 2017, I told you about research out of Georgia State University which looked at the effect of probiotics (specifically, Lactobacillus casei) on influenza infection, in an animal model.  The research demonstrated that the probiotic was effective at warding off severe influenza and… Continue Reading “The Flu and the Microbiome: One Reason Those Over 60 Are More At Risk”

Healthy Aging and the Microbiome: A Surprising Finding

Here is an interesting, and really surprising, tidbit of research published in the journal, Nature Metabolism:  it turns out there is a distinct bacterial microbiome signature associated with healthy aging, which, in turn, predicts survival in older people.[i]  That’s not the surprising bit:  you’ll… Continue Reading “Healthy Aging and the Microbiome: A Surprising Finding”

Protection of Pathogenic Bacteria in the Gut? Mind your Taurine

I am on a good news roll!  How’s this for cheering?  Scientists from the National Institute of Health have discovered that the nutrient taurine – which is an amino acid found naturally in our bodies and also in foods like meat and fish –… Continue Reading “Protection of Pathogenic Bacteria in the Gut? Mind your Taurine”

The Bacterial Microbiome and Dementia: A Definitive Link

I’ve been covering the growing body of research confirming a link between Alzheimer’s disease and the biome since the inception of this blog years ago.  My grandmother – one of my best friends on earth – died of dementia years ago and the horror… Continue Reading “The Bacterial Microbiome and Dementia: A Definitive Link”

An Aging Microbiome, Cognitive Decline and the Promise of Fecal Transplant

This is definitely the biggest biome buzz of the week: An international team of researchers just published a study on aging and the microbiome.  Some articles covering it are calling it the fountain of youth:  fecal transplant is showing promise for treating cognitive decline… Continue Reading “An Aging Microbiome, Cognitive Decline and the Promise of Fecal Transplant”

Probiotics, Omega 3s and Chronic Inflammation: Part 2

In part 2 of this look at what we currently know about the benefits of probiotic and omega supplementation on chronic, low-grade inflammation, we’ll be looking at the most common and best studied probiotics, alone and in combination.[i]  As I mentioned in Tuesday’s Part… Continue Reading “Probiotics, Omega 3s and Chronic Inflammation: Part 2”

Probiotics, Omega 3s and Chronic Inflammation: Part 1

As I am always on the lookout for things we can do now, I was particularly interested in reading a new paper just published in the journal Nutrients which reviewed what we know about using probiotics together with omega-3 fatty acids to reduce chronic… Continue Reading “Probiotics, Omega 3s and Chronic Inflammation: Part 1”