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Probiotics in health and disease

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over 5 years ago
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Probiotics in health and disease

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over 5 years ago
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Probiotic and postbiotic activity in health and disease

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Probiotics - There's a New Superhero in Town!

When you think of the term 'bacteria', it immediately conjures up an image of a faceless, ruthless enemy-one that requires your poor body to maintain constant vigilance, fighting the good fight forever and always. And should you happen to lose the battle, well, the after effects are always messy. But what some people might not know is that bacteria are our silent saviours as well. These 'good' bacteria are known as probiotics, where 'pro' means 'for' and 'bios' is 'life'. The WHO defines probiotics as "live micro-organisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health bene?t on the host". Discovered by the Russian scientist Metchnikoff in the 20th century; simply put, probiotics are micro-organisms such as bacteria or yeast, which improve the health of an individual. Our bodies contain more than 500 different species of bacteria which serve to maintain our health by keeping harmful pathogens in check, supporting the immune system and helping in digestion and absorption of nutrients. From the very first breath you take, you are exposed to probiotics. How so? As an infant passes through it's mother's birth canal, it receives a good dose of healthy bacteria, which in turn serve to populate it's own gastro-intestinal tract. However, unfortunately, as we go through life, our exposure to overly processed foods, anti-bacterial products, sterilized and pasteurized food etc, might mean that in our zeal to have everything sanitary and hygienic, we might be depriving ourselves of the beneficial effects of such microorganisms. For any health care provider, the focus should not only be on eradicating disease but improving overall health as well. Here, probiotic containing foods and supplements play an important role as they not only combat diseases but also confer better health in general. Self dosing yourself with bacteria might sound a little bizarre at first-after all, we take antibiotics to fight bacteria. But let's not forget that long before probiotics became a viable medical option, our grandparents (and their parents before them) advocated the intake of yoghurt drinks (lassi). The fermented milk acts as an instant probiotic delivery system to the body! Although they are still being studied, probiotics may help several specific illnesses, studies show. They have proven useful in treating childhood diarrheas as well as antibiotic associated diarrhea. Clinical trial results are mixed, but several small studies suggest that certain probiotics may help maintain remission of ulcerative colitis and prevent relapse of Crohn’s disease and the recurrence of pouchitis (a complication of surgery during treatment of ulcerative colitis). They may also help to maintain a healthy urogenital system, preventing problems such as vaginitis and UTIs. Like all things, probiotics may have their disadvantages too. They are considered dangerous for people with impaired immune systems and one must take care to ensure that the correct strain of bacteria related to their required health benefit is present in such supplements. But when all is said and done and all the pros and cons of probiotics are weighed; stand back ladies and gentlemen, there's a new superhero in town, and what's more-it's here to stay!  
Huda Qadir
over 5 years ago
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CDC publishes first national study on use of behavioral therapy, medication and dietary supplements for ADHD in children

The first national study to look at behavioral therapy, medication, and dietary supplements to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among children ages 4-17 shows that less...  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 4 years ago
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VETIGEL prepares to launch in U.K. veterinary market - new product stops bleeding in fewer than 10 seconds

VetPlus, a leading nutraceutical manufacturer, has announced that it will be the sole U.K. distributor of a new product set to revolutionise the way veterinarians manage bleeding.  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 4 years ago
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Researcher warns of increased cancer risk with excess supplement use

Though dietary supplements can offer health benefits, one researcher warns that excess use of these supplements may raise the risk of cancer.  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 4 years ago
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New research sheds light on how popular probiotic benefits the gut

Study suggests the bacteria may work by lending a hand to other microbesIn recent years, research into the benefits of gut bacteria has exploded.  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 4 years ago
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Less focused on recurrent bad feelings through probiotics

People focus less on bad feelings and experiences from the past (i.e. rumination) after four weeks of probiotics administration.  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 4 years ago
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New research investigates potential probiotic benefits of a pear-enriched diet

In vitro study also looks at role of pears in management of type 2 diabetes and hypertensionA new in vitro (test tube) study, 'Dietary functional benefits of Bartlett...  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 4 years ago
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Producer of tainted dietary supplements sentenced in federal court

Nikki Haskell, the owner and chief executive officer of Balanced Health Products (BHP), has been sentenced by a United States magistrate judge in Manhattan federal court to a $60,000 fine for...  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 4 years ago
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Durbin, Blumenthal 'troubled' by FDA inaction on mislabelled supplements

U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) are calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate manufacturers of dietary supplements containing 'acacia...  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 4 years ago
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Amphetamine-like stimulant remains in dietary supplements 2 years after FDA discovery

Two years after the FDA identified an amphetamine-like stimulant in a number of dietary supplements, a new study finds the organization has taken no action to remove it.  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 4 years ago
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University of South Florida Researchers Discover and Isolate Organic Compounds to Improve Cardiovascular Health and Small Vessel Disease

University of South Florida scientists have identified a group of compounds with the potential for beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system and small vessel disease while researching grape seed extracts discovered. This novel and patented technology was exclusively licensed from USF to Phoinix Holdings, LLC, to commercialize a variety of new products in the cosmetic, wound care, medical device, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, food, beverage and animal industries.  
prweb.com
over 4 years ago
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Probiotics in health and disease

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over 4 years ago
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Probiotic and postbiotic activity in health and disease

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Drugs and natural products for self-harm in adults | Cochrane

We have reviewed the international literature regarding pharmacological (drug) and natural product (dietary supplementation) treatment trials in this field. A total of seven trials meeting our inclusion criteria were identified. There is little evidence of beneficial effects of either pharmacological or natural product treatments. However, few trials have been conducted and those that have are small, meaning that possible beneficial effects of some therapies cannot be ruled out.  
cochrane.org
about 4 years ago
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Herbal food supplement labels 'can be misleading' - BBC News

Some herbal food supplements do not contain what they claim on the label, a study finds.  
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about 4 years ago
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Many herbal products sold as food supplements don’t contain key ingredients

A BBC investigation has found that some herbal remedies sold as food supplements do not contain the main ingredient as marketed.  
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about 4 years ago
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Potent and untested drugs sold as “dietary supplements”

A new challenge to public health has recently emerged from potent and untested drugs being sold under the guise of “dietary” supplements.1 2 3 4 Fuelled by growing demand for products promising a better body, enhanced performance, and increased wellbeing, this trend highlights creative marketing strategies used in the illicit supply of drugs.  
feeds.bmj.com
about 4 years ago