Showing posts with label probiotics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label probiotics. Show all posts

Friday, June 4, 2010

Journal Article Published about Early Test for Autism in the Works

British Scientists are working on a test which could identify children who have autism as young as six months based on the chemical fingerprint of their gut microbes. The Telegraph reported on this development in a story "Autism Test Could Make the Condition 'Preventable'." According to new research that is being published tomorrow, children with autism have a different chemical fingerprint of their gut microbes which can be analyzed through a urine test which could eventually screen for autism. The article in the Journal of Proteome Research is called Urinary Metabolic Phenotyping Differentiates Children with Autism from their Unaffected Siblings and Age-Matched Controls.

The study found that a group of non-autistic children had a different chemical fingerprint from siblings of children with autism and that children with autism had a different chemical fingerprint than either siblings or non-autistic children. Of course, we don't know if the difference in gut microbiology is a cause of the autism or a result of a system that is not working.

The author of the study, Professor Jeremy Nicholson said “Children with autism have very unusual gut microbes which we can test for before the full blown symptoms of the disease come through." (1)



Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Ther-Biotics: A Probiotic Specifically Designed for Infants

Ther-Biotic Infant Formula is a probiotic specifically designed for infants. Infants have different gut flora than adults, and certain strains, like Bifidobacterium Species are really important for infants under 2 years of age. If you can't find Ther-Biotic from Klaire Lab, I would go with GI Flora by Allergy Research Group, which my son has been on since he was 18 months old. Visit the Ther-Biotic Infant Formula product page to find out why the different strains are important. According to Klair Lab:

"Lactobacillus Rhamnosus is important for the maturation of the immune system."

"Lactobacillus Casei is critical for the proper differentiation of immune dendric cells as the infant's immune system learns to distinguish between harmful antigens and toxins and pathogens. It increases the number of intestinal cells secreting IgA. L. Casei contains enzymes that facilitate the break down of milk proteins and polypeptides as well as gluten."

"Bifidobacterium Lactis enhances normal immune function" and "modifies gut microflora to support against allergic inflammation and increase IgA response to toxins."

"Bifidobacterium Bifidum supresses total and allergen-specific IgE secretion and its populations are often low in infants with allergies."
Probiotics are especially important for infants who have been on antibiotics or infants whose mothers have been on antibiotics or taken birth control pills, since you inherit your gut flora from your mother.

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Probiotics: Testimonial
Gut Flora and Weight Loss: A Surprising Connection?
Beneficial Bacteria in the Gut: Crowding out Bad Bacteria with Probiotics

GI Flora by Allergy Research Group Probiotics

"GI FLORA" by Allergy Research Group was recommended to us by both Peta Cohen, a nutritionist we saw briefly and an environmental allergist, Dr. Morton Teich. (You can order this product through Invite Health at 1-800-844-9060.) The product page for GI FLORA at the Allergy Research Group Site gives the breakdown of the probiotics this product contain.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Zukay Salsa with LIVE Active Cultures

This is a long overdue post about Zukay live food salsa that I discovered at the Go Green Expo in New York. Zukay's tangy salsas contain live active cultures which means they are an excellent source of probiotics. Years ago, before refrigeration, preservatives and processing of food we had a lot more fermented foods. The fermentation process preserved the food and it also provided us with neccessary probiotics on which our bodies thrived. These days there are only a few sources of probiotics. For people who can't eat dairy, there are even fewer options for ways to get probiotics into their diets. For a long time, GI Flora, in capsules was the only way we could consume probiotics. I tried making coconut yogurt from dairy free starter, but I felt a tingling in the back of my head when I tried the "dairy free" yogurt. I even hired someone to come in to make me keffir tea--but that didn't work either. So I was thrilled to stumble upon these gluten free, casein free soy free salsas at the Go Green Expo that contain active live cultures.

A lot of food that is marketed as "healthy" is so far from healthy, but Zukay's salsa is truly a healthy product everyone can enjoy.

By the way, If my kids liked ketchup I would put the Zukay salsa in a blender and mix it into the ketchup gradually increasing the amount of salsa. Since no one eats ketchup here, it's more of a theoretical suggestion.By the way, they make the MOST delicious salad dressing. The Zukay salad dressings are a product in the works, but having tasted a sample, I can't wait to get my hands on it. (I had to interupt writing this post to order a 3 pack of mild salsa and a 4 pack sample of salad dressing AND I FOUND OUT THERE IS FREE SHIPPING.)

***I have to mention that my husband doesn't like the tanginess of the fermentation. It bubbles a little kind of like champagne. But for me, it made everything taste so extraordinary. I especially liked the hot salsa mixed in with black beans and rice. Maybe he will like the naturally fat free delicious salad dressings, though--which are even better than the salsas--if that is even possible.

Monday, March 30, 2009


This was sent to me by someone who I suggested probiotics to after hearing that she was constantly sick. Restoring good bacteria in the gut can sometimes make a big difference in overall health because 70% of the immune system is located in the gut.

I just thought I would touch base with you to let you know I've been taking the probiotics for a little over a month now and I haven't gotten sick at all - some days I felt like I might have been coming down with something but bounced back the next day. My immune system feels like it is stronger than its been in a long time and I feel really good. I just wanted to let you know that by recommending the probiotics I haven't been sick. Thanks for recommending this to me I really appreciate it.

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Beneficial Bacteria in the Gut: Crowding Out Bad Bacteria with Probiotics

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Gut Flora and Weight Loss: A Surprising Connection?

"You can never have enough healthy gut flora" said my husband jokingly as I rambled on about this recent study at the NIH about the impact of gut flora on weight. Although weight is not of huge importance for my family, it is a huge issue (no pun intended) for many families and gut flora may be the key reason many people are overweight. My husband, who seems to have a different approach to these things says "it might be the overwhelming consumption of Big Macs and large fries." But I'm wearing him down. See the NIH study Gut Microbiomes Differ Between
Obese and Lean People.

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