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…

Minerals

The Mineral Balancing Act

As we all know, minerals are as important as vitamins for many bodily functions.  Deficiencies in minerals are likely to lead to health issues over time.  61% of all Americans over the age of 19, intake less magnesium then required daily while 49% of all Americans take in less calcium than is required.  In addition…

PAD AND OMEGA 3

People With Peripheral Artery Disease May Have an Omega-3 Deficiency

According to research recently published in Lipids , individuals who suffer from Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) have a low Omega-3 index when compared to individuals who do not have the disease.  Peripheral Artery Disease affects the blood vessels located outside the brain and the heart.  Essentially PAD is atherosclerosis of the leg arteries.  Other studies…

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…