Archives for May 2015

Infants and Probiotics

You are surrounded by an ocean of bacteria. In fact, a host of diverse bacteria make their home inside your intestinal tract. Fortunately, many of these species of bacteria are “friendly”, meaning they provide health benefits to the host. What’s interesting is bacteria take up residence in the human gut very early in life, before a baby even enters the world. In fact, one of the baby’s first encounters with bacteria is when it passes through mom’s birth canal and becomes colonized with bacteria from her reproductive tract. The bacteria a baby is exposed to during passage through the birth…. [Read More…]

Koumiss, Airag, Horses & Probiotics – What’s the Connection?

Experts agree that a healthy, balanced intestinal microflora leads to a healthy body, better natural defenses, and a happier life – but where did this knowledge come from? Is this the result of modern scientific discoveries? As it turns out, history tells us a lot about the use of fermented foods, rich in probiotics, throughout the ages. Use of probiotics in the western world can be traced back to the days of King Louis IX of France, when William de Rubruquis discovered the Mongols drinking a soured milk product called cosmos, or Koumiss. The Mongols would produce this drink using…. [Read More…]

Probiotic Focus: Megadophilus and Feminine Health

Three out of four women will be affected by their vaginal or urinary health at some point and about 5% will have recurrent problems, experiencing multiple issues each year. Needless to say, these can be frustrating issues for women of all ages – the itching, redness, irritation and discharge. Most of these uncomfortable moments are due to vaginal yeast overgrowth, caused by the yeast Candida albicans. Candida is a yeast that normally lives in the vaginal tract in small numbers in relative harmony with the human body, but it can overgrow in response to imbalances in the vaginal tract. A…. [Read More…]

Are Probiotics Properly Regulated?

Recently, we have been paying close attention to, and writing about, the actions taken by Eric Schneiderman, the New York State Attorney General in regard to nutritional supplements that were found not to contain the ingredients stated on the labels – read our take on it here, and another similar study here. Unfortunately, the problem is systemic due to under-regulation. The FDA does not regulate supplements (including probiotics) as drugs, so they are not subject to the same level of scrutiny and consumer protection. Sure, there are limits to the health claims that these products can make, but industry oversight…. [Read More…]