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Botanical Therapy for Antibiotic Resistance in the GI Tract

Botanical Therapy for Antibiotic Resistance in the GI Tract

April 07, 2022

Antibiotic resistance occurs when microorganisms develop the ability to overcome the antibiotics designed to kill them. Bacteria have numerous strategies to resist antibiotics. 

Testing for AR genes can help to characterise resistant infections and can aid in selecting effective therapies. Some of the key AR strategies are detailed below.

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Recent Review Explores Health-Supportive Properties of Ganoderma Lucidum Extracts

Recent Review Explores Health-Supportive Properties of Ganoderma Lucidum Extracts

October 26, 2021

Ganoderma lucidum is commonly known as the reishi mushroom with a well-established role in East Asian medicine that has been used for centuries. G. lucidum polysaccharides (GLPs) are constituents of the whole plant that have been shown to support the body’s response to oxidative stress, immune function, and many other pathways and functions.

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Phytosterol May Influence Cholesterol Absorption and Healthy Lipid Metabolism

Phytosterol May Influence Cholesterol Absorption and Healthy Lipid Metabolism

October 26, 2021

Phytosterols are compounds present in most plant cells that contribute to the structure and stability of membranes. Phytosterols are fat-soluble compounds that are similar in structure to cholesterol (the most abundant sterol of animal cells). Hundreds of phytosterols have been identified from plant cells, including beta-sitosterol, brassicasterol, campesterol, and avenasterol. Phytosterols are present in legumes, seeds, and oily fruits, such as pistachios.

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The effects of B vitamin supplementation on mood, depression, anxiety, and stress

The effects of B vitamin supplementation on mood, depression, anxiety, and stress

August 04, 2021

An interesting study ... demonstrated that ... when omega-3 levels are in an upper normal range, B vitamins help slow cognitive decline and brain atrophy. These findings suggest that a combination of fish oil supplements and B vitamins may help to improve cognition, demonstrating the importance of synergy, as dysfunction and symptoms are often due to multifactorial causes.

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Andrographis for the Immune System

Andrographis for the Immune System

August 04, 2021

Treatment with andrographis may also play a role in defending against the common cold. Among schoolchildren who took a dried andrographis extract for three months during winter the incidence of the common cold was significantly lower than among those who received the placebo. (Incidence was 30% [16/54] among the andrographis group compared to 62% [33/53] among the placebo group. 

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The Immunomodulating Effects of Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GG

The Immunomodulating Effects of Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GG

July 07, 2021

The gut microbiome plays an important role in supporting a healthy immune response. Commensal bacteria and other microbes aid in protecting against potentially pathogenic microbes and synthesize metabolites that secrete immunomodulatory components. The microbes and their metabolites also interact with the immune system to maintain a balance between adequate preparation for protection and hypersensitivity or overreactions that could contribute to chronic inflammation and other problems. 

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Magnesium in Mental Health

Magnesium in Mental Health

July 07, 2021

Magnesium L-threonate is a superior form of magnesium at passing through the blood-brain-barrier, as it is able to transport Mg ions across the lipid membranes of brain cells. Magnesium ions regulate calcium ion flow in neuronal calcium channels, helping to regulate neuronal nitric oxide (NO) production. In cases of magnesium deficiency, neuronal requirements for magnesium may not be met, causing neuronal damage, which could manifest as memory loss, depression, anxiety and more

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Modified Citrus Pectin and Alginates for Heavy Metal Detox

Modified Citrus Pectin and Alginates for Heavy Metal Detox

July 03, 2021

Heavy metals, such as arsenic, lead, mercury, and cadmium are naturally occurring elements. However, industries and manufacturers have generated increased levels in the environment, and this pollution has produced more exposure to humans. Acute poisoning causes significant health problems that could even lead to death. Chronic, low-grade exposure may likewise lead to (a myriad of) health problems.

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Glutamine and Its Role in Gut Health

Glutamine and Its Role in Gut Health

June 24, 2021

Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the body with critical roles in human health. It acts as an intermediary in energy metabolism and is a substrate for the synthesis of glutathione, neurotransmitters, and nucleotide bases. Although glutamine is classically described as a nonessential amino acid, recent observations suggest that it may be “conditionally essential” during illness. Intestinal, immune, and renal cells utilize substantial amounts of glutamine, so levels are often reduced during illness.

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Collagen Peptides – the New Beauty Product?

Collagen Peptides – the New Beauty Product?

June 15, 2021

Studies have shown collagen peptides supplementation is beneficial for human skin, reduces cellulite, and strengthens nails.

When it comes to cosmetics and aesthetics, the focus is almost exclusively on what (we) put on the outside, but (our) time and money might be better invested in what (we) put inside.

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Liposomal Delivery Technology for Superior Nutrient Absorption

Liposomal Delivery Technology for Superior Nutrient Absorption

June 15, 2021

What are liposomes?

Liposomes are spheres made of phospholipids—the primary building blocks of cell membranes. Owing to this structure, liposomes bond easily with cell membranes to facilitate intracellular delivery of their nutrient cargo.

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How the Gut Microbiome Supports the Immune System

How the Gut Microbiome Supports the Immune System

June 15, 2021

The role of the gut microbiome in supporting the immune system

Building a strong immune system involves many key components, including a well-balanced gut microbiome. The commensal bacteria and other microbes do more than simply shield and crowd out potentially harmful microbes; they play an active role in the development and maintenance of the immune system in the gut and beyond.

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