Category: Probiotics

Probiotics and Oxytocin: A Promising Therapeutic Combo for Autism

As my regular readers know, I love to report the results of double-blinded, randomized, placebo controlled trials in human to you: they represent bringing us a major step forward toward better treatments for, well, everything.  Today’s paper is on a subject near and dear… Continue Reading “Probiotics and Oxytocin: A Promising Therapeutic Combo for Autism”

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”

A New Probiotic Candidate in the Fight Against Obesity

Last week, I wrote about Akkermansia, which I have to believe will soon be available, perhaps as a medical food. Today, I am introducing you to a newly discovered “next generation” probiotic that I read about over the weekend – say hello to Dysomobacter… Continue Reading “A New Probiotic Candidate in the Fight Against Obesity”

Akkermansia, Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome: An Update

For you fans of Akkermansia who’ve been waiting with baited breath for the next research paper on it, you’re in luck today! Of course, because we’re talking the human biome, nothing is ever simple. Today’s research is a great example of just how immensely… Continue Reading “Akkermansia, Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome: An Update”

A Very Hopeful Huge Step Forward in IBD (and other diseases) Treatment

Good morning, Biome Fans.  Before I launch into today’s cool piece of research, I just wanted to let you all know that going forward, more often than not, I’ll only be blogging once per week, as opposed to the twice I’ve been doing for… Continue Reading “A Very Hopeful Huge Step Forward in IBD (and other diseases) Treatment”

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)”

A Promising Probiotic Treatment for Leaky Gut

I have talked about impaired tight junctions in the intestinal epithelial lining (i.e. leaky gut) many times on this blog.  (Look here and here, for just two examples.)  We know this is a factor in diseases ranging from Parkinson’s to autism to Celiac disease… Continue Reading “A Promising Probiotic Treatment for Leaky Gut”

New Meta-Analysis Study Shows Supplements Do Help Protect Against COVID (a little)

Some good news to start off this May:  a new study was just published which shows that several supplements, including probiotics, may lessen the risk of contracting COVID-19 in women.[i]  (Sorry guys!)   A large population study was just published in the British Medical Journal,… Continue Reading “New Meta-Analysis Study Shows Supplements Do Help Protect Against COVID (a little)”

Probiotics After Antibiotics? The Answer May Be No

A week ago or so, I got an email from a physician who follows my blog.  He reminded me of research I had seen a few years back, but at that time, had not read the paper myself.  On his recommendation I took a… Continue Reading “Probiotics After Antibiotics? The Answer May Be No”

A Yeast-Derived Metabolite from Kefir: Promising Research in the Fight Against Pathogens and Excessive Inflammation

Researchers at Ben-Gurion University in Israel are working on isolating specific molecules from kefir that can combat pathogenic bacteria and treat inflammatory bowl disease, as well as halt cytokine storms such as seen in severe cases of COVID.[i]  For those unfamiliar with kefir, it… Continue Reading “A Yeast-Derived Metabolite from Kefir: Promising Research in the Fight Against Pathogens and Excessive Inflammation”