Thursday, 2 February 2017 | Editor
You might have heard of the terms ‘prebiotics’ and ‘probiotics’ being mentioned in association with digestive health. But what’s the difference between them and which one is more important?
Our digestive tract contains high amounts of probiotics, ‘beneficial bacteria’, which play a vital role in supporting the optimum function of our digestive system. They do this via many various mechanisms including supporting digestion and enhancing our gut immunity.
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 | Editor
Thursday, 24 November 2016 | Editor
It is estimated that the most common reason for absenteeism among school children is due to sickness. Increasing evidence has supported the notion that probiotics may help in reducing the duration of coughs and colds. The Pro-Child study explores this evidence further, with surprising results.
Friday, 11 November 2016 | Editor
Probiotics found in yoghurt and supplements could help improve the thinking and memory for people with Alzheimer’s disease, research has found.
In a clinical trial involving 52 people, those who drank a daily dose of lactobacillus and bifidobacterium bacteria for 12 weeks showed improvements on tests to measure cognitive impairment.
In contrast, those who were not given the probiotic supplements declined over the same period. The tests were relatively small but the benefits of probiotics on gut health have been known for many years.
Friday, 28 October 2016 | Editor
Our gut plays an important role in keeping us healthy…but did you know it also has an impact on our stress levels and can even help to promote a good night’s sleep? Studies have shown that probiotics (live bacteria) can help to reduce cortisol levels, and this plays an important role in stress. Along with decreasing anxiety and also depressive behaviours. Although there are very few studies in humans, large studies show that people who follow a balanced diet will have lower rates of mental illness. In this way, diet is a clear indication of gut microbiota and mental health.
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 | Editor
Using prebiotics alongside probiotics as part of a weight management programme can enhance weight loss and lipid profiles according to new research from Turkey.
Monday, 14 March 2016 | Editor
Did you know that nearly 10 million people visit their GP for joint related conditions each year? The majority of people consult with osteoarthritis but other common joint conditions include rheumatoid arthritis, back and neck pain. This problem is growing, in part due to rising obesity levels and an ageing population in the UK.