Happy New Year to All!
Let's start the year focusing on health and well being. Take care of colds & flu the moment you feel it coming. Garden of Life's Immune Balance Products are an excellent choice to nip it in the bud. See our specials for this month that help you fight the cold & flu.
Supplement Forms/Alternate Names:
Saccharomyces cerevisiae (found in Garden of Life's Immune Balnce Daily Formula); Dried Yeast Fermentate; Faex; Faex Medicinalis; Levure De Biere; Medicinal Yeast; Saccharomyces boulardii
Principal Proposed Uses:
Protein Supplement; Treatment for Various Forms of Diarrhea, including Traveler's Diarrhea, Antibiotic-associated Diarrhea, and Acute Diarrhea
Other Proposed Uses:
Cold and Flu (Prevention); Energy and Immune Support; High Cholesterol; Irritable Bowel Syndrome; Weight Loss; Brewer's yeast, also known as Saccharomyces cerevisiae, is commonly used in baking and the fermentation of beer; hence, the common name.
Brewer's yeast is rich in nutrients like chromium, B vitamins, protein, selenium, potassium, iron, zinc, and magnesium. It is the byproduct of beer brewing and can be grown on hops. Hops are the dried flowers that give beer its bitter taste. The yeast is separated from the beer after fermentation and processed. Aside from hops, the yeast can also be cultivated on other plants, like sugar beets.
Brewer's yeast, along with its close cousin Saccharomyces boulardii, is considered a probiotic. Probiotics are foods or dietary supplements that contain organisms, like bacteria or yeast, which provide health benefits for humans. Along with brewer's yeast, another example of a probiotic is yogurt with live and active bacteria cultures. Read more
Taylor Wallace & fellow researchers have written an article the was published in the journal for American Society for Nutrition reviews in July 2011. It is a very helpful in bringing practitioners up to date as to the evidence-based use of probiotics, particularly with respect to their potential application in clinical practice.
As an overview, they talk about how the human large intestine houses more than 1,000 different types of bacteria, known as microflora. Studies in recent years have shown that supplementation with health-promoting strains of bacteria can exert beneficial effects in terms of preventing certain ailments and helping to better manage others.
Metabolic Effects of Probiotics and the Gut Microflora Bacteria within the gut microflora degrade and/or ferment various substrates including starches, soluble dietary fibers, and other carbohydrate sources available in lower concentrations (oligosaccharides and portions of non-absorbable sugars and sugar alcohols). Proteins and amino acids can be effective growth substrates for colonic bacteria. The same is true for bacterial secretions, lysis products, sloughed epithelial cells, and mucins.
A wide range of bacterial enzymes degrade these materials into various intermediates, which are then fermented into organic acids, histamine, carbon dioxide, and other neutral, acidic, and basic end products. Read more
Scientists in the US tested prostate tissue samples taken from men that had prostate cancer. Some of the men were put on a Western diet, with high levels of omega-6 fatty acids and low levels of omega-3 fatty acids. The other men were put on a low fat diet supplemented by five grams of fish oil per day.
The scientists tested blood samples before & after the diet commenced. Published in journal Cancer Prevention Research, the results showed that four to six weeks on a low fat diet with fish oil supplements could slow the growth of prostate cancer. The men on the Western diet without fish oil supplements did not experience the same effect. Read more
Scientists in Edinburgh have discovered that single genes can be linked to multiple diseases such as heart conditions & cancer.
The Edinburgh University research suggested that one in five genes were linked to more than one disease. The study found that genes responsible for Crohn's disease were linked with other conditions.They included prostate & breast cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma, obesity & high cholesterol.
The researchers said people who carry particular genes - including some responsible for heart disease, Parkinson's disease & some cancers - could be at risk of developing other health problems. Read more