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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

Probiotics and Lactose Intolerance: The Facts

What is lactose intolerance? Lactose intolerance is the inability of the body to digest lactose, which is a type of natural sugar found in milk and dairy products. In order for lactose to be absorbed easily into the bloodstream, it is broken down into two monosaccharides - glucose and ga...

Posted 7th Mar 2018

Studies suggest probiotics lower risk of preeclampsia and preterm birth

Two recent studies have yielded some very convincing results for the use of probiotics (see Probiotics Learning Lab) during pregnancy, suggesting that supplementing with friendly bacteria at this special time may help prevent preeclampsia, preterm birth, and neonatal sepsis. Pre...

Posted 26th Jan 2018

Probiotics during pregnancy could reduce risk of childhood obesity

Research suggests that factors affecting the unborn foetus, even at the earliest stages of pregnancy, can have a significant impact on the child's health as they grow and may even affect their state of health in later life. In recent years, clinical trials have revealed how our earliest moment...

Posted 18th Jan 2018

Probiotics for Immunity – a Look at the Research

Immunity (see Probiotics Learning Lab for glossary terms) is a vital function of the human body for the maintenance of good health. One of the most startling revelations to emerge over the past few decades has been the role of the gut microflora in all aspects of immunity. We all play host to...

Posted 3rd Jan 2018