Probiotics Help Fight Diarrhea in Kids

If you have a young child, you’ve probably had to cope with bouts of diarrhea. Recently, there have been several studies done concerning probiotics and young children. The latest of these studies has shown a specific strain of probiotic bacteria may reduce the frequency and duration of diarrhea in children.

In Bari, an eastern coastline city in Southern Italy, scientists recruited 74 children between the ages of 6 – 36 months to study the effects of probiotics and rehydration therapy. Compared to the placebo group, the children given the probiotic supplement experienced significant recovery time. When give the probiotic/placebo on days 2 and 3 of diarrhea, children taking the probiotic had the illness an average of 2.1 days as opposed to 3.3 days of the placebo group.

In addition, the relapse of dehydration and diarrhea were only 15% in the group taking the probiotic where the placebo group had 42% relapse.

So what is the specific probiotic strain given to the children? It’s called Lactobacillus reuteri DSM 17938. In past clinical trials, the parents strain of this DSM 17938 also reduced the time participants had diarrhea. However, with the previous strain, they also were shown to have antibiotic resistance problems. That result prompted the study the of this new DSM 17938 strain which is believed not to have the same resistance issue.

For more in-depth explanation of the studies, please visit: Nutra-Ingredients USA.com

NOTE: Contact your pediatrician or family physician before giving your child probiotic supplements.

Go with your gut,

Probulin Team

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Hammering Away at Your Health: Probiotics & Kidney Stones

Just saying the words “kidney stones” can make you grimace in pain if you know anything about them at all. About 1 in 20 Americans will get kidney stones at some point, with men more likely to get them than women. Some unlucky people get them repeatedly. . .

The most common type of kidney stones is composed of calcium oxalate, a chemical compound that forms needle-shaped crystals. Your gut bacteria – normally Oxalobacter formigenes, but also known as B. lactisL. acidophilus and B. infantis – normally break down oxalate. But if you don’t have the bacteria in adequate amounts, then your gut absorbs the oxalate and the burden of excreting it falls on the kidneys. When your kidneys can’t get rid of oxalate fast enough, you may develop kidney stones.

A University of Boston study found that people who have a lot of Oxalobacter formigenes in their systems are 70 percent less likely to develop kidney stones. In animal studies, oral probiotics decreased both blood urea nitrogen and serum creatinine levels, both of which measure kidney function. Probiotiocs have been used for cats and dogs for a long time.

Early evidence also suggests that probiotics can postpone dialysis for people with kidney failure.. . . but that area needs more research.

I’d say it’s a good gamble to be taking your probiotics and decreasing the odds of getting kidney stones. I’ve never yet heard a good story about ’em and would just as soon reduces those stones to gravel. J

Go with your Gut,

The Probulin Team

Research into Bladder & Cervical Cancer

A cancer diagnosis can be a devastating shock, and it’s with relief that we watch daily as more research and treatments become available for different types of cancer. We’ve written in the past the impact probiotics may have on cancer and how much more research needs to be done in this area.

One clinical study found that patients with bladder cancer who took Lactobacillus casei had longer remission periods, in which the cancer didn’t reappear. A Japanese study also found that cancer patients who received probiotoics took longer to develop the cancer and the cancers weren’t as severe when they recurred in probiotic-treated patients.

Cervical cancer studies have found results along the same line. In one study, 228 women with advanced cervical cancer were given probiotics. The women who took probiotics had a higher four-year survival rate – 69 percent versus 46 percent for the women who didn’t take probiotics.

While these are initial studies and certainly aren’t definitive, there is promise in probiotics. . .

Go with your Gut,

The Probulin Team

 

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Learning More: Research Needed into Human Microbiome

We’re learning about the bacterial world in and on our bodies, called the microbiome, and it’s clear to most medical researchers that it has a critical impact on our health.

Recently, researchers met in Paris for the International Human Microbiome Consortium, and talked about the importance of continuing research into the microbiome in our bodies. According to ScienceInsider, two major research programs in this area are coming to an end and it’s critical that funding be extended.

For such a relatively new field, the data gathering process has been important. But now it’s time to start challenging and interpreting the data. As we report here frequently, initial studies about the impact of probiotics are so promising, that more research needs to be done so we can fully understand the benefits.

Here’s to all the researchers, funders and others seeking to make our world better through understanding the bacteria we live with daily!

Read here (http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2012/03/international-human-microbe-prog.html?ref=hp ) for more information on the international meeting.

Go with  your Gut,

The Probulin Team

Getting All the Probiotic Brains Together

Next month is a big event for all of us involved in the probiotics world – the International Probiotics Association World Congress. This event, which occurs every two years, is in Los Angeles April 20-21.

For two days, researchers, regulatory officials, manufacturers, and healthcare providers gather to attend scientific and regulatory seminars, network and generally find a forum to exchange knowledge. Each conference day is geared for unique audiences. On Day 1, manufacturers, probiotic research and development scientists, brand marketers, industry consultants, and regulatory officials will hear from renowned experts on emerging areas of probiotic research, international regulation and recommendations to improve the status of probiotics as non-prescription dietary aids.

The International Probiotics Association (IPA) has members equally divided between industry and academia, and its goal is to provide a unique forum for the exchange of research and the latest breakthroughs in probiotic technology and new product development.

It will be interesting to see what news comes out of this conference. There have been many advances in probiotics research and regulatory issues worldwide since the last one. We’ll keep you updated!

 

Go with your Gut,

The Probulin Team

Human Microbiome Project: Studying Microbial Cells (Don’t worry, all the science-y talk is in the headline!)

Researching probiotics brought me to an interesting website recently. The Human Microbiome Project is an initiative of the National Institutes of Health to study the microbial cells in the human body, which outnumber human cells 10 to one.

It’s only recently that we’ve had the technology to study those microbial cells so that we can better understand the impact they have on our development, physiology, immunity and nutrition. The project is focusing on microbes found in the nasal, oral, skin, gastrointestinal and urogenital areas.

I’m interested in these studies because the impact probiotics have in your body has to do with the impact on the microbial environment. As technology and scientists isolate the information, we’ll learn more about strains of probiotics that will help us the most, particularly in treating disease states.

While the project isn’t focused on probiotics, any understanding of the microbial environment in our bodies will advance the science that we use to bring you the best probiotics possible. It’s exciting to see glimmers of the future potential – aside from the amazing things good bacteria already do!

To read more about what the Human Microbiome Project is doing, click here: http://commonfund.nih.gov/index.aspx

 

Go with your Gut,

The Probulin Team

This article was originally posted on DrChalla.com by Dr. Shekhar Challa on Feb 13, 2012. With permission by the author we have reposted it on Probulin.com.

The facts, ma’am… and some stats, research studies…

Here on the Probulin Team, we don’t always agree about what to write about in the blog. There are those of us who want to cite all the research studies out there and those of us who just want to summarize, without including numbers and such. (Guess you could call it the battle of right brain versus left brain thinkers!)

Today, the numbers people won. There’s a great website (click here to visit it  www.probiotic-research.com) that summarizes abstracts of ongoing or completed scientific research studies.

One stuck out among the others. Doctors did a study of 72 patients with severe multiple injuries. Some received a placebo and others received a combination of a probiotic and a prebiotic (called a synbiotic).  The abstract says in conclusion: “Synbiotics contained in the studied formula decrease significantly the risk for sepsis by bloodstream infections and the occurrence of VAP by A. baumannii.”

Translated, VAP is ventilator associated pneumonia, which is a real problem at hospitals. Other studies have also found that probiotics fight off VAP. One, done at Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Neb., said that daily use of probiotics reduced VAP in critically ill patients by almost half. (In the interest of fairness, we want to note that the study patients were carefully selected and probiotics have not been studied for all critically ill patients on the ventilator.)

Half! Even if you don’t like to deal in numbers, you gotta like that number!

For more studies like this, check out the link we mentioned above. . . and, of course, check back  here. Us stats loving people win the fights occasionally and get to fill this blog with some medical talk!

Go with your Gut,

The Probulin Team

Bacteria on the Cutting Edge of Science

We love working with probiotics because we get to read lots of brand-new scientific research. Medicine is an exciting field – just think of what we can do today that we couldn’t yesterday (heart transplant, anyone?).

A new discovery, reported on the Fish Information & Service website, says they’ve found strains of bacteria in the Bay of Fundy (off the coast of Maine) that could fight cancer in humans.

Like many scientific advancements, this discovery (and keep in mind that there’s lot of research still to be done before anything is definite) was found as researchers worked to protect farmed salmon from infection. Read the article to get the whole story.

What is exciting for us here at Probulin is this vast, increasing knowledge about bacteria and what an important role they play in our lives. It’s unlikely we’re anywhere near understanding how the environment’s we’ve created today with our anti-bacterials and such have changed the good bacteria in our bodies, leaving us open to all sorts of problems.

Stay tuned as we keep you up-to-date on more research!

 

Go with your gut,

The Probulin Team

Heart Attack Clues in Your Gut

The bacteria in your gut may offer clues as to whether you’re likely to have a heart attack. A recent study published in a biology journal (FASEB Journal, published by the Federal of American Societies for Experimental Biology) reported that the “types and levels” of gut bacteria are a good indication of the likelihood of a heart attack. The research was done by scientists at the Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee, Wis.) also said that changing the bacteria could reduce risk.

In fact, rat studies found that those given specific probiotics (Lactobacillus plantarum) had smaller heart attacks and better return of mechnical function afterwards.

For more detailed information on this study, check out this article on ScienceBlog.

It’s fascinating to see where the research is going with probiotics and understanding the role bacteria play in our lives! Nice to know when you’re taking Probulin you may be decreasing the chance you’ll have a heart attack!

Go with your Gut,

The Probulin Team

Probiotics Put a Smile on Your Face!

Next time you’re feeling low –  instead of reaching for that box of chocolates – you might want to grab a handful of lactobacilli. Research has found that probiotics containing that particular strain of bacteria may help boost your mood!

Certain bacteria like lactobacilli and bifidobacteria can act as neurotransmitters between your gut and your brain. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that help your nerves communicate with the rest of your body. This can have positive results on your mental health. Studies in mice show that gut flora – all that bacteria that lives in your intestines – is linked to the amount of serotonin (a feel-good chemical) in the blood stream; this directly affects your mood and mental well-being. Read more on this research HERE.

The good bacteria in Probulin has been linked to a variety of physical health benefits. With this new information on the table, probiotic users have one more thing to smile about!

Go with your gut,

The Probulin Team