Gut microbiota may affect the anti-cancer activity of this oriental herb against colorectal cancer

Oplopanax elatus, commonly known as nakai, is an herb native to northern China that is known for its anti-cancer effects, especially against colorectal cancer (CRC). But questions remain on whether or not the human gut microbiota interferes with nakai’s anti-CRC effects. To address this, a team of researchers from China’s National Clinical Research Center for Geriatric Disorders and … Continue reading Gut microbiota may affect the anti-cancer activity of this oriental herb against colorectal cancer

Study: Coffee drinkers have higher levels of anti-inflammatory gut bacteria

Coffee is an excellent drink that does more than just energize your body — it helps keep your arteries healthy, staves off obesity and protects the brain from age-related damage, among other things. Recent studies also suggest that coffee can boost gut health. One study, in particular, linked high coffee consumption to higher levels of anti-inflammatory gut bacteria and improved composition of the gut microbiome. … Continue reading Study: Coffee drinkers have higher levels of anti-inflammatory gut bacteria

Top 10 things to AVOID to achieve healthy immune function

Most Americans are brainwashed into believing that the human body is born weak, stays weak and needs lots of lab-made medications and vaccines to continue functioning, year after year, from cradle to grave, but it’s all just one big fat lie. We see commercials for food, beverages, personal care products and medications almost everywhere we … Continue reading Top 10 things to AVOID to achieve healthy immune function

Eating probiotic foods helps improve bone health in women

In 2001, a group of international scientists working on behalf of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO) agreed to change the definition of probiotics. What they came up with became the most widely accepted definition of probiotics — that is, “live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health … Continue reading Eating probiotic foods helps improve bone health in women

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

Gut microbiota has a key role in mechanisms associated with muscle strength among the elderly

Researchers from Tufts University and the Harvard Medical School found that the gut microbiota may be involved in mechanisms affecting muscle strength in the elderly. The team examined healthy and unhealthy older adults and found that the two groups have a distinct profile of gut bacteria. Further experiments with mice demonstrated a link between the gut microbiota and muscle strength. … Continue reading Gut microbiota has a key role in mechanisms associated with muscle strength among the elderly

Fermented green tea can control adiposity and lipid metabolism, effectively ameliorating obesity

South Korean researchers examined the effects of fermented green tea extract on the differentiation of fat cells (adipogenesis) and the synthesis of fatty acids (lipogenesis). They reported their findings in an article published in the Journal of Medicinal Food. Green tea is known for its beneficial effects on metabolic health.It is known to alleviate metabolic disorders … Continue reading Fermented green tea can control adiposity and lipid metabolism, effectively ameliorating obesity

Drugs can turn your gut microbiome against you – and even kill you

People respond differently to medical treatments. Certain medications may be effective for some, while others may find that they need large doses to see some improvements. But increasing the quantity of a certain drug you’re taking may lead to serious consequences, like in the case of the Parkinson’s drug, levodopa (L-dopa). Gut microbes and L-dopa L-dopa is a replacement … Continue reading Drugs can turn your gut microbiome against you – and even kill you