Probiotics

Probiotics: The Ultimate Solution For Bad Breath

In 2001, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization, in a Joint Expert Consultation, defined "probiotics" as "Live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host." For the most part, these microorganisms are bacteria.

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Probiotics Study Shown to Curb Anxiety

New research from Canada found taking a daily supplement of probiotics reduced anxiety symptoms for chronic fatigue sufferers.

In the pilot study, 39 chronic fatigue patients were randomized to receive either the probiotic Lactobacillus casei Shirota or a placebo daily for two months. Results showed a significant decrease in anxiety symptoms among those taking the probiotic versus the placebo (p = 0.01).

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Probiotics Company Releases Info for IBS Awareness Month

In honor of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month, which is in April, the makers of a dietary supplement that treats IBS have released the following information for GI professionals to share with their patients.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders. The condition, with symptoms including abdominal pain, constipation and/or diarrhea, affects up to one in five Americans and is second only to the common cold as a leading cause of workplace absenteeism in the United States.

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Help Pets' Digestion - Diarrhea & Vomiting - at Home

Darla Rewers from Seattle, Washington, gives some sound advice on how to help pets with digestive issues:

  • A sprinkle of culinary fennel added to the food can cure flatulence.
  • A small amount of organic plain yogurt or canned pumpkin in food can help solidify loose stool.
  • Probiotics, especially dog and cat specific Enterococcus species, and prebiotics that feed gut cells such as acacia fiber or pumpkin, also help stop diarrhea and heal irritated digestive tracts.

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Manage Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is the most common functional bowel disorder diagnosed by primary care physicians and gastroenterologists. It is hard to estimate the exact prevalence of IBS because up to 70% of people with IBS symptoms do not go for medical treatment.

The ratio of female-to-male sufferers is approximately 2:1.

IBS affects up to one in five Americans and is second only to the common cold as a leading cause of missing work in the U.S.

IBS costs the U.S. healthcare system is estimates as $20 to 25 billion annually in direct and indirect costs.

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Probiotics assist Alcoholic Cirrhosis

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The mix of bacteria in a baby's gut may predict whether that infant will become overweight or obese later in life, a new study
suggests.

According to a team of researchers from the University of Turku in Finland, babies with high numbers of bifidobacteria and low numbers of Staphylococcus aureus (s aureus) may be protected from excess weight gain. Their study was published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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Best Home Remedies

The "good bacteria" (also referred to as probiotics) in yogurt and certain other foods has been found to have a wide variety of health benefits.

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Probiotics Help immunity

Probiotics are usually promoted as supporting intestinal health—a polite way of hinting that they may reduce the risk of diarrhea or bloating. Far less appreciated is the broad range of immune conditions for

The gut "is the body's largest immune organ," notes Arthur C. Ouwehand of the University of Turku, Finland, and of Danisco Innovation, a company that makes probiotics-enhanced foods. That's why investigators at his and other research centers are exploring probiotics to improve immunity.

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