Category: Probiotics

Probiotics for MS? Maybe yes, maybe no…

I keep pointing out to everyone how insanely complex is the human biome.  Everything affects everything else in a tangle that is beyond convoluted.  Well, just when you think you have something of a handle on that concept, some other piece of research comes… Continue Reading “Probiotics for MS? Maybe yes, maybe no…”

Probiotics and Autism: Another Clinical Trial

Several times before I have mentioned that the best studied probiotic in the world is Visbiome (the new name for the formulation that used to go by the name VSL#3).  Look here and here, as just a couple of examples. Over 70 clinical studies… Continue Reading “Probiotics and Autism: Another Clinical Trial”

More on Inactive Probiotics as a Treatment…This time for IBS

My regular readers know I’ve been following the story of using “heat killed” probiotics to treat a variety of issues ranging from stress and PTSD (see here) to the detrimental effects on brain development from maternal immune  activation (see here).  I find this particularly… Continue Reading “More on Inactive Probiotics as a Treatment…This time for IBS”

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”

Yogurt and Maintenance of the Epithelial Gut Barrier

When I was a kid, there was a commercial on TV that I’ve never forgotten, for Dannon Yogurt. It showed a bunch of people from Soviet held Georgia who were all around 100 years old, looking like they were in their 60s, actively running… Continue Reading “Yogurt and Maintenance of the Epithelial Gut Barrier”

A New “FMT” Probiotic to Treat Ulcerative Colitis: A Clinical Trial

The results of a stage 1 clinical trial of a novel probiotic (created from purified human stool) in treating mild to moderate ulcerative colitis (UC) were just published in the journal, Gastroenterology.[i]  I didn’t pay a huge amount of attention last week when I… Continue Reading “A New “FMT” Probiotic to Treat Ulcerative Colitis: A Clinical Trial”

This Week’s News on COVID and the Gut Biome

It seems like new information is coming out daily about the relationship of COVID-19 to the gut, and I’m trying to stay on top of it as best as I can for us all.  On Monday of this week, I spotted an article on… Continue Reading “This Week’s News on COVID and the Gut Biome”

Introducing Proteobiotics: Natural Pathogen Fighters

A new topic – and vocabulary word – for The Biome Buzz:  proteobiotics.  You know that I am very enthused about research into using bacteriophages (viruses native to the human biome which target specific bacteria) as an old/new therapy to deal with infection.  (You… Continue Reading “Introducing Proteobiotics: Natural Pathogen Fighters”

COVID-19 and Probiotics: A (Successful) Clinical Study

With the COVID crisis continuing to rage on, I have been keeping an eye out for anything we can all do now.  Last week I wrote a post about the potential protective mechanisms afforded by helminths.   Today I’m covering a recent clinical trial using… Continue Reading “COVID-19 and Probiotics: A (Successful) Clinical Study”