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Probiotics for Immunity – a Look at the Research

Immunity (see Probiotics Learning Lab) is a vital function of the human body for the maintenance of good health. Over the past few decades we've learned more about the role of the gut microflora in all aspects of immunity. We all play host to populations of micro-organisms that live in and on...

Posted 11th Oct 2019

Probiotics for UTIs - A Look at the Research

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a type of infection that can occur in the urinary tract, urethra, bladder and kidneys. People often confuse a UTI and cystitis – essentially, cystitis is a specific type of UTI that affects the bladder. UTIs in numbers We are seeing t...

Posted 7th Oct 2019

Parkinson's disease linked to gut bacteria

Microbiome research is exploding and new trials are published on a daily basis, linking our microbes with lots of different aspects of health. A lot of this research is very exciting but it is still in the early days. We still need more gold standard human clinical trials and better understand...

Posted 25th Sep 2019

NHS recommends probiotics for mental health

It is always fascinating to observe the developing traction of probiotics, and how more and more people are beginning to recognise their potential restorative powers. That’s why it’s particularly exciting that friendly bacteria has been referenced on a new NHS-founded advice website, aimed at ...

Posted 3rd Jul 2019

New Research: Probiotics vs Asthma

There has been a sharp rise in asthma cases in children in the last 10 years, with the latest figures showing that one in eleven children in the UK are being diagnosed with asthma1. Sadly, approximately three people die in the UK of an asthma attack every year, and this has made clinical resea...

Posted 5th Feb 2019

EU-funded project finds link between gut bacteria, obesity & mental health

These are exciting times in the field of probiotic research, with growing global interest in the potential of live cultures to support health. A project known as ‘MyNewGut’, which was funded by the EU and took place over a period of five years, has recently come to its culmination, and the res...

Posted 3rd Jan 2019

How the infant gut develops: New study

We know that gut diversity in infants is important for helping babies to build up immune defences against common health issues, including digestive issues, colic, allergies, eczema and poor immunity. A recent study1, however, goes past the ‘why’ and has raised the question of ‘how’ the gut mic...

Posted 21st Dec 2018

New research: Probiotics vs antibiotic resistance

As the challenge of anti-microbial resistance in healthcare continues to grow, it is estimated that this issue could be the potential cause of 10 million deaths per year by 20501. There is a pressure for the medical field to find a solution (and fast!), and an exciting new research study from ...

Posted 24th Oct 2018

New research: gut bacteria and multiple sclerosis

Researchers at Harvard University Medical School, have published an exciting new scientific paper1, showing a possible link between the gut microbiome and the rate of progression of multiple sclerosis symptoms in MS sufferers. In MS the immune system attacks a protein called myelin, that...

Posted 29th Jun 2018

New study suggests a role for gut bacteria in mental health

There has been a huge level of interest in the ‘Gut Brain Axis’ (read more over in the Probiotics Learning Lab) recently, and the way that our gut can send messages to our brain, and vice versa. This two-way communication takes place via the central nervous system and the enteric nervous syste...

Posted 15th Jun 2018