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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

Lyme disease and probiotics: what do we know?

It’s great to see awareness growing about the complex health issue of Lyme disease. With various support groups like 'Lyme Disease UK' recommending our products, it’s only right that we also provide some information about Lyme disease and discuss the potential role that friendly bacteria could...

Posted 28th Nov 2017

New study finds probiotics may help with post-natal depression

We're fascinated by the ‘gut-brain connection’, by which we mean the effect the health of our microbiome can have on our mood. Research has started to suggest that our gut bacteria may have a positive impact on our mental health and this week a new study1 was published in EBioMedicine, reveali...

Posted 19th Oct 2017

New study says our gut bacteria could influence our weight loss

Wouldn't it be great if we practitioners could create personalised weight loss/ diet plans for their clients based on their gut microbiota? Well, a new study has looked into the possibility of doing just that. The results of this study, coupled with further research, could see us creating tail...

Posted 16th Oct 2017