Fermented foods have provided beneficial bacteria and good health to humans for thousands of years

Fermented foods have provided beneficial bacteria and good health to humans for thousands of years. Fermentation of food dates back at least 6,000 years BC. Scientists and historians say that fermented foods were probably discovered by accident as ancient people sought ways to preserve fresh food for later use. They were adapted and perfected through generations […]

Probiotics: Eight facts you should know

Probiotic consumption has increased dramatically during the past ten years—both by supplementing and by consuming specialty foods. Despite the growing popularity, though, a recent survey by nutrition company Healthspan found that there is still a great deal of confusion about them. If you’re a novice when it comes to probiotics—or even if you’ve been taking […]

Probiotic combination curbs allergy symptoms, according to new University of Florida study

Allergy season is just around the corner, and millions are to their doctor for allergy shots. This year, though, you may want to consider something new: Loading up on a mix of probiotics. A new University of Florida study, conducted at the peak of last year’s allergy season, shows a probiotic combination helps reduce hay […]

Even healthy people benefit from multi-strain probiotics, according to study

A daily dose of multi-strain probiotics could help improve intestinal health even in healthy people, according to new research conducted in the Netherlands. Dutch and Swiss researchers investigated the effects of multispecies probiotic formulation on gut health and quality of life in a group of 40 healthy. By way of full disclosure, it should be […]

People are more bacteria than human – recognizing this is important to your health

According to a consortium of scientists studying the human microbiome, people are more bacteria than human. The massive Human Microbiome Project, launched in 2007 by the National Institutes of Health, is an effort to sequence the genes of all the microbes living in and on the human body. The human genome is made up of […]

What is acidophilus? You secret weapon to maximize your gut health

The name acidophilus is derived from the Greek term, “for life.” So what is acidophilus? Basically, acidophilus is one of the strains of probiotics, friendly bacteria that begin colonizing in the body hours or days after birth, depending on the mother’s diet. These beneficial bacteria are courtesy of the natural function of the miraculous human […]

Probiotics lower blood pressure, according to multiple-study research

Probiotics provided via yogurt and supplements appear to lower blood pressure, according to research from Australia that included a review of nine earlier studies. The blood pressure-lowering effect from probiotics was greatest among people with elevated blood pressure, and was demonstrated only after use for at least eight weeks. As with all such studies, researchers […]

Introduction to probiotics

Beneficial Bacteria Support Your Inner Eco-system If you happen to be one of those people who think bacteria are all evils to avoided, think again. If you don’t know any better, it’s easy to think of  bacteria in a negative light. However, our bodies are—or should be—loaded with up to 1,000 species of beneficial bacteria. That equates […]

Vitamin A, probiotics and fiber key to preventing allergies according to new research

Wonder why so many kids today are allergic to so many different foods? According to a new study conducted by Australian researchers, eating a diet rich in fiber can actually “shape the immune system to reduce allergies.” The study suggests that a simple bowl of bran and some dried apricots in the morning could prevent […]

The five essential nutrients you should supplement daily

We live in a polluted and crowded world. Our lives are filled with stress. Most of our food is infused with chemicals–or, at the minimum, have chemicals covering the surface. Most people agree that nutritional supplements can help offset the side-effects of this modern living. But where do you start? If a person could boil […]