Probiotics and Immunity in the Elderly

Probiotic Bifidobacterium Lactis Shows Immune Support for Elderly People

Improvements in the activity of white blood cells in elderly adults, a group of individuals with a higher chance of infections, may occur with daily supplementation of the Probiotic strain containing Bifidobacterium Lactis. 37 healthy older adults participated in this double-blinded placebo-controlled randomized cross-over study.  Participants were randomly assigned to receive a Prebiotic (GOS), a…

Probiotics and Psycological Benefits

Human Study Suggests Holistic Psychological Benefits of Multi-Strain Probiotic

According to a new study, reductions in depression, anger, fatigue and significant improvements in moods along with improvements in sleep quality, were seen in individuals taking a daily multi-strain probiotic supplement. 38 healthy students between the ages of 18 – 35 participated in this double blind placebo controlled study.  Participants were allocated to either the…

Probiotics for Functional Constipation

Meta-Analysis Offers “Cautious Optimism” for Efficacy of Probiotics for Functional Constipation

A new meta-analysis of 14 Randomized controlled trials shows probiotic supplementation with Bifidobacterium lactis, a specific strain of friendly bacteria, may help individuals with constipation by improving stool consistency and transit time. Functional constipation or chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC) affects approximately 14% of the population.  Besides the affect on the patients quality of life (both…

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Prebiotics’ and Probiotics’ Anti-Inflammatory, Antioxidant Properties Useful to NAFLD Patients

A new population study found daily supplementation with a prebiotic and probiotic supplement can reduce inflammation and increase antioxidant capacity in patients with NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease).  Oxidative stress and inflammation are associated with NAFLD.  Prior research has shown prebiotics and probiotics having anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties. 75 individuals with NAFLD participated in this…

Probiotics and SAD Mood

Multi-Species Probiotics Affect Reaction to Sad Mood

A new study shows Probiotics significantly reduced cognitive reactivity to sad mood, which is a marker of vulnerability to depression and considered an important target for interventions. 20 healthy individuals with no current mood disorders participated in this 4 week triple-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized, pre-and post-intervention assessment designed study.  Participants in the study received either a…