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…

Probiotics-Prebiotics-NAFLD

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…

Probiotics and Childhood Obesity

Probiotics in Pregnancy Could Protect Against Childhood Obesity

According to researchers taking probiotics during pregnancy and breast feeding may modify genes related to obesity in both the mother and their infants. 15 pregnant women participated in this double-blinded randomized controlled (RCT) pilot study.  7 of the women were randomly chosen to supplement with a Probiotic which contained 10 Billion of each Lactobacillus rhamnosus…

Probiotics and Cognition in Alzheimer's

Study Finds Probiotics May Improve Cognition in Alzheimer’s Patients

According to a new study, probiotics may improve cognitive function in humans.  This is the first time research has shown supplementation of probiotics, friendly bacteria, may aid individuals with Alzheimer’s. 52 women and men between the ages of 60 and 95 with Alzheimer’s Disease participated in this randomized, double blind, controlled clinical trial.  The study…

Sleep and Probiotics

Study Finds Link Between Gut Microbiota, Sleep Quality and Cognitive Flexibility

According to a new study, poor sleep quality was linked with composition of the gut microbiome and cognitive flexibility in healthy older adults.  Low amounts of bacteria in the phyla Verrucomicrobia and Lentisphaerae, were associated with poor sleep quality as well as performance on specific cognitive tests. Stool samples were provided by study participants.  Data…