Natural Health Science News The latest news and top resources on natural health.


Investigating the fiber of our being: How our gut bacteria metabolize complex carbohydrates from fruits, vegetables

Posted February 13, 2014

We are all aware of the health benefits of dietary fiber. But what is dietary fiber and how do we metabolize it? Researchers begun to uncover how our gut bacteria metabolize the complex dietary carbohydrates found in fruits and vegetables. Trillions of bacteria live in human intestines — there are about ten times more bacterial cells in the average person’s body than human ones. Known as “microbiota,” these bacteria have a vital role to play in human health: they are central to our metabolism and well-being.

Read More

Apple polyphenols may slash inflammation marker levels, change gut microbiota

Posted January 23, 2014

Polyphenols from apples may modify the bacterial populations in the gut, and reduce markers of inflammation, according a new study from the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited.

Read More

A versatile gut bacterium helps us get our daily dietary fiber

Posted January 21, 2014

University of British Columbia researchers have discovered the genetic machinery that turns a common gut bacterium into the Swiss Army knife of the digestive tract – helping us metabolize a main component of dietary fibre from the cell walls of fruits and vegetables.

Read More

Versatile gut bacterium identified that helps us break down dietary fiber

Posted January 20, 2014

The human digestive tract is inhabited with roughly 100,000,000,000,000 microorganisms, which amazingly accounts for 50% of the weight of the contents of the lower digestive track. The daily caloric intake that comes from the breakdown of dietary fiber buyer gut bacteria approaches 10%. Researchers from the University of British Columbia, teamed up with the University of Michigan, the University of York and the Swedish Royal Institute of technology to discover how a common gut bacterium helps us metabolize a main component of dietary fiber from the cell walls of fruits and vegetables.

Read More

Your gut’s what you eat, too

Posted January 3, 2014

As the saying goes, you are what you eat. But new evidence suggests that the same may also be true for the microbes in your gut. A Harvard study shows that, in as little as a day, diet can alter the population of microbes in the gut—particularly those that tolerate bile—as well as the types of genes expressed by gut bacteria.

Read More

Intestinal bacteria may influence food transit through the gut

Posted November 26, 2013

Food transit time though the gut may be controlled by a complex system of hormones released by our microbiota, according to new research.

Read More

Gut bacteria may be linked to rheumatoid arthritis: Study

Posted November 12, 2013

Bacterial disturbances in the gut may play a role in autoimmune attacks on joints, and could point the way towards novel ways to manage and prevent arthritis, say researchers.

Read More

How bacteria with a sweet tooth may keep us healthy

Posted October 27, 2013

Some gut bacterial strains are specifically adapted to use sugars in our gut lining to aid colonisation, potentially giving them a major influence over our gut health.

Read More

Your Guide to a Good Gut

Posted October 6, 2013

Is your tummy bothering you? Stress, poor diet and an erratic lifestyle can sap you of your digestive health, making you more prone to bloating, constipation and abdominal discomfort. The human digestive system is very similar to a delicate garden; it is made up of flora – gut bacteria that are equipped with specialized cells to help the body in many ways. A healthy digestive system can help keep other organ systems of your body happy and functioning normally, while a disrupted digestive health could cause many health issues that don’t really seem to be related to digestion.

Read More

Gut bacteria are closely linked to immune functions, review suggests

Posted September 30, 2013

A new understanding of the essential role of gut microbes in the immune system could hold the key to battling significant and global public health issues, researchers have suggested.

Read More
Page 1 of 41234