Archives for November 2015

How the Microbiota is Shaping Modern Medicine

Throughout the history of modern man, there have been numerous advances in our understanding of the human body, medicine and approaches to healing. Some of those advances have been good, others not so good. Many can be summarized in this brief history of medicine: 2000 B.C. Here, eat this root 1000 A.D. That root is heathen. Here, say this prayer… 1850 A.D. That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion… 1940 A.D. That potion is snake oil. Here, swallow this pill… 1985 A.D. That pill is ineffective. Here, take this antibiotic… 2015 A.D. That antibiotic is dangerous. Here, eat this…. [Read More…]

Is it Glue, Is it Wrapping Paper? No, it’s Bacteria!

This November we’re Giving Thanks to Bacteria During the past few months we’ve been talking about the benefits of probiotic bacteria in the animal kingdom but did you know that bacteria is proving to be beneficial in places where you just wouldn’t expect it? It is astonishing to think that bacteria was something we used to avoid, but that was well before we knew what we know now. Bacteria is incredibly smart, and you’ll be amazed when you read how bacteria are being used to improve the world around us from repairing concrete, cleaning up oil spills to detecting landmines….. [Read More…]

Human Strains, Yogurt Strains? Where Did this Bacteria Come From?

Human Strain Probiotics Over the years, we’ve received many emails from our customers asking just about every question under the sun with regards to probiotics (keep them coming, we’re happy to help you!). Very recently, one of our customers wrote in asking us to explain the meaning of Human Strain Probiotics, what are the sources of Natren probiotics and particularly, where are they cultured?   She was deeply concerned with contamination and even more troubled that the strains may have been cultured from human sources. While we’ve reassured her that the bacteria used to culture our probiotics are obtained from an…. [Read More…]

Do you Have Hidden Sugars in Your Probiotics?

We’re often asked if our probiotics contain prebiotics, and more often than not, it seems to lead to whether it’s beneficial to take a prebiotic with a probiotic. This is a very confusing topic, especially if you’re just beginning to look at probiotics, as there is so much literature that talks about the necessary combination of a prebiotic and a probiotic. Prebiotics are designed to feed the probiotic and encourage its growth and feed the beneficial bacteria in our gut. It sounds like it makes common sense to combine them so you have the total package of the probiotics and…. [Read More…]