The Health Benefits of Papain

Papain is a powerful digestive enzyme commonly found and extracted from the papaya fruit (Carica papaya) , it is also referred to as papaya proteinase. The papaya enzyme papain plays a key role in digestive processes involving breaking down tough protein fibers. For this reason, it has been commonly used in its native South America … Continue reading The Health Benefits of Papain

How Do Laxatives Work for Constipation?

Laxative are usually the first thing people think about when contemplating a remedy for constipation relief. Laxatives, however, only address the symptoms and not the underlying factors that bring about constipation. Most people associate the term “laxative” with “a pill that makes you go” without giving much thought to exactly how it makes your body … Continue reading How Do Laxatives Work for Constipation?

3 Ways You Can Improve Your Mental Health Through Your Gut

Many of you already know your gut is home to countless bacteria and there’s about 1,000 different species living inside your intestinal tract? All these bacteria help make up what’s called the microbiome. It’s well documented that maintaining your gut’s flora can go a long way in improving your overall physical health and, now, more … Continue reading 3 Ways You Can Improve Your Mental Health Through Your Gut

Gut Flora: 7 Ways Probiotics Affect Your Health

Your gut is where digestion begins, it’s connected to your brain, and it’s at least 70% of your immune system. The bottom line — you can’t be healthy if your gut isn’t healthy. A diet free of refined sugar and artificial ingredients are part of the equation in promoting a healthy gut flora. Achieving a … Continue reading Gut Flora: 7 Ways Probiotics Affect Your Health

Study: Gum Arabic Boosts Prebiotic Activity

Probiotics have received much attention in recent years. Television commercials advertising yogurt with live active cultures, news bits that discuss the miraculous power of good bacteria, and kombucha may have peaked your interest in probiotics. While probiotics can be helpful for introducing new colonies of good bacteria in your intestines, they can only thrive in … Continue reading Study: Gum Arabic Boosts Prebiotic Activity

How Gut Bacteria Protects Your Liver

The beneficial microbes inhabiting your gut have long been known to support digestive health, but deeper research is showing how intestinal bacteria controls and protects organ health. The liver, one of the organs reliant on a healthy balance of good bacteria, is our main detoxifying center. When we’re receiving enough probiotics (as well as prebiotics), … Continue reading How Gut Bacteria Protects Your Liver

4 Interesting Facts You Should Know About Probiotics

There’s not much gray area when it comes to probiotics and our health and more and more studies suggest positive effects from taking probiotics. A boost in immune function is a prime example. [1] While many have speculated antibiotics–by decreasing bacteria–are responsible for rising obesity, one recent study found lower levels of bacteria could actually … Continue reading 4 Interesting Facts You Should Know About Probiotics

New Research Shows Probiotics Help Your Immune System

Thanks to a recent discovery by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, we may soon have better understanding why the long term use of antibiotic drugs causes secondary bacterial infections over time has troubled medical science for decades [1]. The cause appears to be the destruction of beneficial bacteria that normally reside … Continue reading New Research Shows Probiotics Help Your Immune System

Study: Eating Black Raspberries May Help Prevent Colon Cancer

Findings of an investigation by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago suggest regular consumption of black raspberries may help prevent colorectal cancer [1]. The study, which was recently featured in Cancer Prevention Research [2], tested the effectiveness of supplementing the diets of cancer and colitis prone lab mice with freeze-dried black powder. The … Continue reading Study: Eating Black Raspberries May Help Prevent Colon Cancer

Study: Blueberries & Probiotics Help Counteract Intestinal Diseases

A clinical study, conducted at Lund University in Sweden, shows that eating blueberries can ease and protect against intestinal irritation [1]. They also found that these beneficial effects on the body are increased by the consumption of probiotic bacteria along with the berries. The two researchers, Camilla Bränning and Åsa Håkansson, have found that when … Continue reading Study: Blueberries & Probiotics Help Counteract Intestinal Diseases