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Probiotics for Chronic Disease | COVID Update

eNewsletter 9/23/2020

DID YOU KNOW that a placebo-controlled study from Annals of Internal Medicine found those with knee osteoarthritis who take daily turmeric (curcumin) capsules felt less pain in the knee joint than their peers who don't take the supplement?

What's interesting is that the participants taking supplements felt almost half the pain severity, while there was no change in cartilage or synovial capsule structure. 

In essence, turmeric acts as a safer NSAID or aspirin for pain relief. NOTE: if you are salicylate intolerant or have acid reflux, turmeric is contraindicated.

COVID-19 Condition Monograph Update

For those interested in getting into the "nitty gritty" of COVID-19, Steve has updated his COVID-19 Condition Monograph. Updates include research on risk for pregnant and nursing women, new inflammatory hypotheses, whey protein, and myriad new references (197 and counting) for the nutrients you know and love!

COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment Continue with extra immune support until summer of 2021. SARS-CoV-2 is not going away anytime soon. Moreover, SARS-CoV-2 is not the only virus we fight. There are influenza (flu), norovirus (stomach flu), adenovirus (common cold), and four other coronaviruses (common cold), among others. Prevent and Fight Coronavirus 2.0 is our must-read protocol. For detailed advice about conventional, as well as integrative treatments, read Steve Minsky's COVID-19 Condition Monograph.


Steve and Bonnie: Probiotics research that is relevant to you!

Children In the most recent issue of Pediatric Nursing Journal, we quoted directly from the conclusion as we could not have said it any better: "Increasing awareness of the influence of intestinal microbiota and implementing practice to promote healthy intestinal microbiota by pediatric health care professionals could be critical for improving health and well-being in children." Children and young adults could have their obesity managed using probiotic supplementation. According to research presented to the 2020 European Congress of Endocrinology, researchers found probiotic supplementation with two strains of Bifidobacterium breve had a positive effect in children and young adults with obesity, as well as improvements in insulin levels and E. coli concentrations. Chronic Disease According to a huge study presented to the 2020 Annual Congress of the European Society of Cardiology, the authors state that it is becoming increasingly clear that an individual's gut microbiome composition, which is defined by both genetic and environmental factors such as diet, may affect his/her susceptibility to certain diseases, including cardiovascular, in addition to disease progression and outcome. The lead author says: "This may ultimately lead to development of novel, personalized strategies for risk stratification in addition to potential preventive measures targeting the gut microbiome." I guess they didn't know Nutritional Concepts already does this! Depression Probiotics either taken by themselves or when combined with prebiotics may help to ease depression, suggests a study from BMJ Nutrition Prevention & Health. The authors mention the two-way relationship exists between the brain and digestive tract, known as the gut-brain axis. In all, 12 probiotic strains featured in the selected studies, primarily Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, and Bifidobacterium bifidium were the most effective.  In two studies presented at the 33rd European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, gut microbiota differed significantly between patients with major depressive disorder and healthy individuals and may be modifiable with a probiotic diet to improve stress and depression scores.


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