Category: Altzheimers

Homing in on a Microbiome Culprit in ALS

And just like last week, the Weizmann Institute in Israel strikes again.  So much cutting edge research out of one place! As many of you may know from previous posts on this blog (look here and here, as just two of many examples), over… Continue Reading “Homing in on a Microbiome Culprit in ALS”

Neurodegenerative Diseases and Gut Bacteria: Zeroing in on the Culprits (and the Solution)

My regular readers know that there is a (rapidly) growing body of evidence linking alterations in the bacterial microbiome to neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s, (PD), Alzheimer’s and ALS.  (I have provided you links to just 3 of many previous posts on these topics.)  No… Continue Reading “Neurodegenerative Diseases and Gut Bacteria: Zeroing in on the Culprits (and the Solution)”

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”

More Evidence that Microbiome Alterations (With a Little Genetic Help) are a Factor in Alzheimer’s

Researchers at the University of Oregon just published a paper in Scientific Reports that shows an incredible correlation between the gut bacteria and neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s.[i]  The study was done on mice that had been genetically engineered to carry genes (apolipoprotein E and… Continue Reading “More Evidence that Microbiome Alterations (With a Little Genetic Help) are a Factor in Alzheimer’s”

More on the Gut Immune-Brain Immune Systems Connection

Another area of study that seems to be exploding recently is the relationship between the gut and neurodegeneration.  Just 3 months ago, back in November, I wrote about research from Cambridge University which described their finding that the immune system of the brain is… Continue Reading “More on the Gut Immune-Brain Immune Systems Connection”

In Breaking Down Fiber, Our Gut Bacteria Do Us Yet Another Healthy Favor

And here is yet another reason why we love our good gut bacteria.  This research perfectly illustrates our symbiotic relationship with our old friends. As my regular readers know, there is so much we still don’t know about fiber:  exactly how does it benefit… Continue Reading “In Breaking Down Fiber, Our Gut Bacteria Do Us Yet Another Healthy Favor”

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”