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Mucus binding protein could make probiotic supplements more effective

 

Probiotic Acidophilus SupplementResearchers have uncovered a protein that may help beneficial gut bacteria bind to the mucus membrane of the gastrointestinal tract enabling them to more effectively colonise and produce their health promoting effects.

It is hoped the work carried out at the Institute of Food Research (IFR), part of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, will help probiotic supplement manufacturers identify strains of bacteria that will provide more reliable and pronounced health benefits.

"Probiotics need to interact with cells lining the gut to have a beneficial effect, and if they attach to surfaces in the gut they are more likely to stick around long enough to exert their activity," says Dr Nathalie Juge from IFR.

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Clove oil effective Candida Treatment

 

ClovesA new laboratory study has found clove oil and its active component to be effective antifungal agents against Candida and other fungal pathogens.

Researchers at the University of Porto, Portugal, studied the composition and antifungal activity of clove essential oil which is extracted from the Syzygium aromaticum plant.

Commercially available clove oil was analyzed by the scientists and found to have a high concentration of eugenol (85.3%), the active antifungal ingredient. To find out exactly how strong the antifungal effects of clove oil and eugenol are against a range of fungal organisms including strains of Candida, Aspergillus, and dermatophytes, the minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC), and minimal fungicidal concentration (MFC) were determined.

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How probiotics can prevent disease

 

Using probiotics successfully against a number of animal diseases has helped scientists from University College Cork, Ireland to understand some of the ways in which they work, which could lead to them using probiotics to prevent and even to treat human diseases.

Presenting the work at the Society for General Microbiology meeting in Harrogate, England on April 2nd, Dr Colin Hill described how his team had used three animal models of disease that have human counterparts – bovine mastitis, porcine salmonellosis (a gastrointestinal disease) and listeriosis in mice (an often fatal form of food poisoning) – to demonstrate the protective effects of probiotics.

"Rather than use commercially available probiotics, we made our own probiotic preparations containing safe bacteria such as Lactobacillus species newly isolated from human volunteers" said Dr Hill, "In all three animal diseases we observed a positive effect in that the animals were significantly protected against infection".

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Antibiotics bad for good gut bacteria and perhaps overall health

 

A new study suggests that repeated or prolonged courses of antibiotic drugs has negative consequences for the essential 'good' bacteria that reside in our guts.

Researchers at Standford University in the US have found that the use of antibiotics may have a larger and more prolonged impact on the resident populations of 'good' or 'friendly' gut bacteria then has been suspected.

Antibiotics have for a long time been seen as the "magic bullet" to infectious disease, and to a large extent this has been close to the truth. Before Fleming discovered penicillin infectious diseases were rampant so the development of readily available antiobiotic drugs meant an easy fix for a number of serious diseases as well as minor but troublesome local infections.

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Yakult probiotic yoghurt effective for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth

 

A small scale study has found that the probiotic yoghurt drink Yakult® effectively treats small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and reduces symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a condition in which there is an increase in the numbers of unhelpful types of bacteria in the small intestine. The bacteria are often present in large numbers higher up in the small intestine than is normal. SIBO causes increased fermentation of sugars consumed in the diet and can cause symptoms such as abdominal bloating and flatulence.

SIBO has been shown to be unusually common in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and is thought to contribute to symptoms in some patients. Previous research has found antibiotics and low carbohydrate diets are somewhat effective.

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