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Reducing anxiety by regulating gut flora: 21 studies provide confirmation

Regulating intestinal bacteria helps improve an individual’s stress status : that’s the conclusion reached recently by researchers from Shanghai University (1) following detailed examination of 21 scientific studies. How are intestinal microbiota and anxiety linked? Anxiety is one of the most common symptoms of mental disease. A number of studies...
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Dysbiosis: a risk factor for auto-immune disease?

Dysbiosis is a term for microbial imbalance, usually of the intestinal microbiota or gut flora. This microbiota helps the body function properly, supporting the body’s digestive health and defences. Unfortunately, the equilibrium of this microbiota is subject on a daily basis to disruption by pathogens. A significant influx of pathogenic...
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Obesity: a beneficial combination of anthocyanins and prebiotics

Scientists have made a major discovery in the fight against obesity and its harmful effects. Published in 2017 in the prestigious FASEB Journal 1 , their study revealed the benefits of combining anthocyanins, natural pigments with antioxidant potency, with prebiotics, substances known for their ability to maintain balance in intestinal...
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Probiotics for low mood and depression: the new treatment that’s really taking off

Probiotics to combat mood disorders? You may find such a notion hard to believe but a brand new study has just shown that our gut flora communicates with our brains in unexpected ways. We already knew that bacteria were able to ‘converse’ with the brain by producing the same neurotransmitters...
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Household cleaning products may encourage weight gain by altering gut microbiota

Scientists analysed the gut flora of 757 babies aged 3-4 months alongside their exposure to disinfectants (multi-surface cleaners), detergents and eco-friendly cleaning products. Their findings make uncomfortable reading : the more frequently household disinfectants were used in the home, the greater the disruption to the babies’ gut microbiota. In these...
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