More Evidence Supporting Probiotic Benefits for Athletes

Probiotics provide a variety of benefits, especially for digestive health, for everyone who takes these supplements. A new study shows that probiotic supplementation can help boost the immune system in athletes and reduce their risk of upper respiratory tract infections. We’ve written about some of these benefits in a past blog, and research continues to support this idea. Scientists have known for years that athletes are at great risk of infection while training for competition. Training schedules, lack of sleep, exhaustive exercise, stress, and travel associated with competition can increase an athlete’s risk of getting sick. Athletes are eager to…. [Read More…]

New Research Indicates Probiotics May Benefit Alzheimer’s Patients

Decades of research show that probiotics are good for your health – especially your digestive tract – but a new study shows that these beneficial live bacteria may also improve cognitive function in humans. In fact, probiotic supplementation may even benefit patients with Alzheimer’s disease. As many as 5.4 million people have Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in the United States, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. AD is primarily associated with cognitive dysfunction but research shows an association between Alzheimer’s disease and metabolic disorders, such as diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Probiotics and the Gut-Brain Axis The gut-brain axis…. [Read More…]

Natren Warm Yogurt Recipe Ideas for Winter!

The holidays bring us so many warm treats. Hot mulled wine, warm apple cider, so why not add warm yogurt to your seasonal repertoire? Most people think of yogurt as a dish served cold – but you’d be surprised at the versatility that this staple brings to your table. Yogurt is an ancient functional food, rich in beneficial bacteria, and is super-easy to make at home to ensure maximum freshness and freedom from chemicals, sugars, and preservatives. It can be refrigerated for use whenever you need an extra creamy addition to your meal. Using Natren’s Yogurt Starter you can make…. [Read More…]

Could Your Anxious Dog Benefit from Probiotics?

Humans undergoing stress can experience gastrointestinal disturbances, such as upset stomach and loose stool. Many people now find relief from stress-related digestive problems by taking probiotics. Anxiety can also cause the same types of digestive upsets in dogs as it does in humans. Now scientists are looking into whether probiotics can help anxious dogs in the same way it helps anxious people. Stress and anxiety can cause a variety of health and behavioral problems that can significantly affect the well-being of your pet. Stress can cause diarrhea, for example, and anxiety can cause your furry friend to exhibit undesirable behavior…. [Read More…]