Dead bacteria – despite potential for benefit – are NOT probiotics

At the 2018 International Scientific Association of Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP) meeting in Singapore, two renowned speakers reported unpublished research documenting the health benefits of dead bacteria. Prof. Hill showed that an inactivated Lactobacillus strain reduced anxious behavior, reduced cortisol … Continue reading

Global FoodOmics: A Crowd-Sourced Window Into Microbes In Our Foods

Among the factors under our control, diet may be the most important determinant of our gut microbiota. Observations from the American Gut Project suggest that foods containing live microbes increase fecal bacterial diversity, which is generally associated with a healthy … Continue reading

Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 reduces postpartum depression

A probiotic taken by women during the second and third trimesters and, if breastfeeding, during the first 6 months after childbirth was found to reduce depression and anxiety scores during the postpartum period (Slykerman et al. 2017). The strain of … Continue reading