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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.

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Study: Short Chain Fructo-Oligosaccharides can Modulate Metabolism

Posted September 19, 2013

Short Chain Fructo-oligosaccharides (scFOS) prebiotic fibres can significantly modulate metabolism including insulinaemia, in the context of diet-induced obesity, as confirmed by a French study published in August 2013.

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Synbiotic supplements may influence metabolic status for diabetics: RCT data

Posted June 18, 2013

A combination of probiotics and prebiotics may reduce levels of markers of inflammation and oxidative stress, suggest findings of a new study publishing in the journal Clinical Nutrition.

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Prebiotics: Do Supplements in Baby Formula Help Prevent Allergies?

Posted March 29, 2013

Prebiotic supplements in infant formula may help to prevent eczema, according to a systematic review published in The Cochrane Library. However, the review highlights a lack of high quality evidence for the effects of prebiotics in preventing allergies.

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GOS prebiotics may boost calcium absorption for teens: Purdue data

Posted March 22, 2013

Daily supplements of galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) may enhance the absorption of calcium for adolescent girls, says a new study from Purdue University with implications for bone health.

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Synbiotic therapy decreases microbial translocation and inflammation and improves immunological status in HIV-infected patients: a double-blind randomized controlled pilot trial

Posted October 29, 2012

A synbiotic is the combination of probiotics and prebiotics that could improve gut barrier function. Our study goal was to determine whether the use of a synbiotic, probiotics or a prebiotic can recover immunological parameters in HIV-infected subjects through of a reduction of microbial translocation and pro-inflammatory cytokine production.

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Spruce extract could be ‘untapped’ prebiotic

Posted October 27, 2012

An extract from spruce (Picea abies) may selectively enhance the growth of beneficial gut bacteria and offer a novel prebiotic for the nutritional products, says a new study.

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Prebiotic May Help Patients With Intestinal Failure

Posted October 16, 2012

Adding the right prebiotic to the diets of pediatric patients with intestinal failure could replace intravenous feeding, says a new University of Illinois study. “When we fed the carbohydrate fructooligosacharide (FOS) as a prebiotic, the gut grew and increased in function,” said Kelly A. Tappenden, a U of I professor of nutrition and gastrointestinal physiology. “The study showed that using the correct pre- and probiotic in combination could enhance these results even more.”

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Pomegranate peel extract shows prebiotic potential

Posted June 9, 2012

Polyphenol-rich extracts from pomegranate peel may selectively enhance the growth of potentially beneficial gut bacteria, suggesting prebiotic activity for the extract, says a new study.

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Nutritional Treatments as Good Targets of Gut-Central Nervous System Axis

Posted May 25, 2012

Nutritional therapies including dietary fibers, the use of prebiotics and probiotics can reduce gut inflammation and improve health, according to a recent study published in the Nutrition Journal.

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