Homegrown medicine: Local yarrow from the Middle East shown to have gastroprotective properties

Gastric or stomach ulcers are open sores that develop along the lining of the stomach. When they occur in the first part of the small intestine, they are called duodenal ulcers. Gastric ulcer is the most prevalent gastrointestinal disorder in the world, affecting about 5 percent of the world’s population. Gastric ulcers can be caused by … Continue reading Homegrown medicine: Local yarrow from the Middle East shown to have gastroprotective properties

Researchers discover that Kefir (fermented yogurt) can halt cytokine storms observed during SARS-CoV-2 infections

One of the most important areas of scientific research for combating SARS-CoV-2 involves understanding cytokines and mitigating cytokine storm. Cytokines are cell signaling molecules that facilitate immune responses. These molecules communicate between cells to stimulate the movement of immune responsive cells toward sites of inflammation and infection. Israeli scientists have found that yogurt (kefir) can halt … Continue reading Researchers discover that Kefir (fermented yogurt) can halt cytokine storms observed during SARS-CoV-2 infections

Lycopene is a promising nutrient that can prevent gastric diseases associated with H. pylori

Helicobacter pylori is a spiral-shaped bacterium that grows in your digestive tract. An opportunistic pathogen, it is considered to be the most successful colonizer of the human gastrointestinal tract, infecting the stomachs of roughly 60 percent of the world’s adult population. H. pylori often infects the stomach during childhood and is well-known for causing peptic ulcers. These gastric lesions develop as … Continue reading Lycopene is a promising nutrient that can prevent gastric diseases associated with H. pylori

Just 2 days of increased sugar intake can harm your gut health, warn researchers

A common trick to maintain a low-sugar diet is to indulge your sweet cravings from time to time. You might adhere to a strict diet during the weekdays and loosen up a bit over the weekend as a reward for dieting. But a study shows that it takes only a couple of days to ruin good … Continue reading Just 2 days of increased sugar intake can harm your gut health, warn researchers

Here are 7 reasons to love dark chocolate

Chocolate comes in many forms: dark chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, unsweetened chocolate – even milk chocolate. But if you’re looking for the healthiest chocolate among the bunch, look no further than dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is made up of around 50 to 90 percent cocoa solids and no milk solids. This gives dark chocolate the advantage of having … Continue reading Here are 7 reasons to love dark chocolate

Study: Antibiotics found to affect gut microbes and increase the risk of Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s disease is a challenging illness to treat because scientists lack a clear understanding of its precise causes. Although there is a genetic component, researchers have long been focusing on the environmental factors that lead to the disease, and one recent study found a connection between antibiotics and gut microbe changes that raise a person’s risk of … Continue reading Study: Antibiotics found to affect gut microbes and increase the risk of Parkinson’s

Glyphosate disrupts gut microbiome – even at “safe” doses

Glyphosate, the key ingredient in Bayer AG’s weed-killer Roundup, is the most commonly used herbicide in the United States. Although its effects on wildlife and the environment are well-documented, its impact on humans remains controversial. But that may soon change, thanks to a recent study by a team of European researchers. Published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, it showed that exposure … Continue reading Glyphosate disrupts gut microbiome – even at “safe” doses

Gut bacteria can help fight the harmful effects of processed foods like cereals and pasta, scientists find

Research shows how a certain bacterium found in the human gut can break down a chemical commonly found in processed foods, such as ultra-pasteurized milk, pasta, chocolate and breakfast cereals. Published in Cell Host & Microbe, the findings generate invaluable insight into how gut microbes break down processed foods and lower the risk of health conditions often associated with those foods, such as … Continue reading Gut bacteria can help fight the harmful effects of processed foods like cereals and pasta, scientists find

Testing for a commensal gut bacterium could help identify people at risk of severe COVID-19

A new study suggests that the composition of gut microbiota could help predict COVID-19 severity. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) examined stool samples from COVID-19 patients and found that those who were critically ill had altered gut microbiomes. The researchers also identified a commensal bacterium called Enterococcus faecalis as a strong predictor of COVID-19 severity. E. faecalis is a symbiont with a potential to … Continue reading Testing for a commensal gut bacterium could help identify people at risk of severe COVID-19

Researchers say taurine trains your gut microbiota to resist subsequent infections with the same pathogen

Your gut microbiota helps shield you from infections, and for the longest time, scientists have wondered how. A new study published on Jan. 15 in the journal Cell details the process involved in gut immunity, or specifically, how your gut microflora functions to give you colonization resistance. Using mouse models, a team from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) identified which bacteria help your body … Continue reading Researchers say taurine trains your gut microbiota to resist subsequent infections with the same pathogen