2 probiotic strains show more promise for depression

A new pilot study, carried out by Caroline Wallace of Queens University, Ontario suggests that two strains of probiotic bacteria may reduce symptoms of depression such as low mood, anhedonia (inability to feel pleasure) and sleep disturbance. Two strains of bacteria shown to...

Posted 30th Jun 2017

Prebiotics: A closer look at FOS and Inulin

There has certainly been a buzz about prebiotics lately following the Michael Mosely program on TV. And an increasing number of studies have been looking at the various effects prebiotics have on our gut microflora, and consequently their link with issues such as weight management, stress, and...

Posted 23rd Jun 2017

Trimethylaminuria /fish odour syndrome: could probiotics help?

Trimethylaminuria (abbreviated to TMAU and also known as ‘Fish Odour Syndrome’) is a very distressing condition that often seriously affects the quality of life and confidence of sufferers. It is a metabolic condition, in which sufferers are unable to break down Trimethylamine (TMA) which is i...

Posted 12th Jun 2017

New study reveals B. lactis Bl-04 may reduce cold symptoms

There is no cure for the common cold, as the old adage goes, and so every winter we endure a seasonal bout of illnesses which we clumsily spread amongst each other. However, new research from the University Of Virginia School Of Medicine, reveals that the probiotic strain Bifidobacterium lacti...

Posted 31st May 2017

More research links the microbiome to emotional health

Two recent studies have given more weight to the evidence that the microbiome is linked to our emotions. The area of 'psychobiotics' (the relationship between our gut flora and our emotional health) is a growing field, and I have blogged before about how the microbiome can affect the way we th...

Posted 24th May 2017

BBC documentary discusses how gut bacteria may affect our sleep

Did you see the interesting show on the BBC last night about sleep? This programme, titled “The Truth about Sleep”, with Dr Michael Mosley, looked into things like the diet, lifestyle factors, as well as gut bacteria and prebiotic fibres - discussing the way they can affect and possibly increa...

Posted 12th May 2017

New study supports use of certain probiotic strains for BV

A new piece of clinical research has found that taking a probiotic supplement, containing Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14 and Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1, alongside conventional antibiotic medication significantly improved the symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis (BV), curing 83.1% of patients within ...

Posted 5th May 2017

Watch: Carly Rowena, Madeleine Shaw & Trinny on OptiBac Probiotics

If you follow our social channels you may have noticed that we've quite a few shout outs from some much-loved bloggers of late. Obviously, we're dead chuffed with all this attention, and we're feeling so smug proud that we'd like to collate, and share them all with you in one blog post, so her...

Posted 27th Apr 2017

Getting Pregnant: Could Probiotics Help?

We are now facing lower fertility rates than ever before, with as many as one in seven couples in the UK struggling to conceive (according to NHS statistics). The numbers of couples undergoing fertility treatments, such as IVF, each year are growing dramatically, and success rates for the trea...

Posted 20th Mar 2017

Probiotics and Leaky Gut, a look at the research

The term ‘Leaky Gut’ or ‘Intestinal permeability’ is often discussed within complementary health circles, as it is widely accepted by natural health practitioners that increased gut permeability is implicated in many different health conditions. It has been associated with numerous atopic cond...

Posted 28th Feb 2017