The Benefits of Probiotics in Children

A clinical study released by Academy of Pediatrics shows that children may benefit from probiotics especially while taking antibiotics or in treating viral diarrhea. What are Probiotics? According to Wikipedia, probiotics are live microorganisms thought to be healthy for the host organism. According to the currently adopted definition by FAO/WHO, probiotics are: “Live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host”.[1] Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) and bifidobacteria are the most common types of microbes used as probiotics; but certain yeasts and bacilli may also be helpful. Probiotics are commonly consumed as part of fermented foods with specially added active live cultures; such as in yogurt, soy yogurt, or as dietary supplements. About the Study The complete study can be downloaded in pdf form: “Clinical Report—Probiotics and Prebiotics in Pediatrics“ In summary, the report found that: 1. Human milk, a natural prebiotic,is preferred for infants through 6 months of age. The oligosaccharide content of human milk is substantial and is part of the prebiotic components of the human milk. Breastfed infants typically have a preponderance of naturally occurring probiotic bacteria in their digestive systems. There may be some naturally occurring probiotic bacteria contained in human milk. 2. There is some evidence in otherwise healthy infants and young children to support the use of probiotics early in the course of diarrhea from acute viral gastroenteritis and that use of probiotics reduces its duration by 1 day. However, the available evidence does not support the routine use of probiotics to prevent infectious diarrhea unless there are special circumstances. There is some evidence to support the use of probiotics to prevent antibiotic associated diarrhea but no evi-...

Fish Oil and Alzheimer’s

Dr. James Augustine, D.C. – BioVeda of Cerritos, CA writes in response to the article published on CNN.com, Fish Oil Ingredient Doesn’t Slow Alzheimer’s, which explores a study that asserts that omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) does not slow mental decline once it’s began: Several points here: Isolating DHA from it’s food source never works, as most nutritional supplements have been synthesized in a lab, the active ingredient from the food removed and concentrated. This is given as a food supplement, but isolated, fractionated vitamins / minerals / amino acids do not work. It would be like breaking off a piece of your car key and attempting to start your car. No…you need the entire key and hence you need the entire vitamin as it occurs in food. Treating disease or preventing disease? Once a significant degenerative process has set in like Alzheimer’s, it takes a dramatic effort to reverse it and heal. Fish oil should be preventative, not a treatment for Alzheimer’s. What wasn’t discussed – toxicity levels that can cause degeneration in nervous system tissue. Also..the blood thinning effect that fish oil has, which therefore can improved blood flow to the brain. I wonder who funded the research? What was the agenda? “Ah…vitamins are a hoax…they don’t really affect the body” If that were the case, try to stop eating food for a week and see if you notice any differences in your health! Dr. Augustine,...

Probiotics May Prevent and Shorten Duration of Cold Virus

A study “Probiotic Effects on Cold and Influenza-like Symptom Incidence and Duration in Children” published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that probiotics reduce symptoms and duration of colds and flu. The study involved 326 children ages 3-5 treated with either a placebo, a single or a combination of probiotics twice daily for 6 months. The probiotics used were Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM, or L acidophilus NCFM in combination with Bifidobacteriumanimalis subsp lactis. Results indicated that the probiotics reduced the duration and incidence of fever, coughing, runny nose. The study concluded: “Daily dietary probiotic supplementation for 6 months was a safe effective way to reduce fever, rhinorrhea, and cough incidence and duration and antibiotic prescription incidence, as well as the number of missed school days attributable to illness, for children 3 to 5 years of age.” Researchers have also shown in some studies that probiotics can benefit those who are already ill with various conditions, and the bacteria are thought to boost the immune system’s response to invaders. In fact, one study carried out in Italy found that regular long-term intake of certain probiotics reduced the likelihood of respiratory infection during the cold season. Before you were born, your GI tract was sterile. The moment after your birth, the formation of bacteria began in your gut. The first ones to settle in were the immune-building ones from breast milk (in most cases), increasing your level of health and favoring your survival. In a way, we spend the rest of our lives “trashing” our digestion with bad things — like poor diet and other lifestyle choices that cause the wrong kind...

The Importance of B Vitamins to Overall Health

B Vitamins are essential to health. Your nerves, skin, eyes, hair, liver, mouth, muscles, gastrointestinal tract, and brain depend on the B vitamins for proper functioning. The B vitamins are coenzymes that are involved in energy production. B vitamins are also useful for alleviation of depression and anxiety. As we get older our ability to absorb B vitamins from our food declines. In some Alzheimer’s patients, it was found that the problem was due to a deficiency of vitamin B-12 plus vitamin B-Complex in an accepted Multivitamin. The use of coffee, cigarettes, sugar and alcohol destroy B vitamins. People with diabetes and alcoholism need more B vitamins than most people. B vitamins are water-soluble and any excess is excreted and not stored in the body. Your body needs to replace B vitamins daily. To get the most from your B vitamins they should be taken as a group and the label should say “from whole foods” or “a whole food source”. If you need more of a specific B vitamin such as B-12, add them along with the B-Complex in your Multivitamin (we recommend Cell Manna). Many vitamin companies use bulk inorganic synthetic B-Complex vitamins, which our bodies cannot completely absorb. Food source or whole food Multivitamins are what you want to look for. If the label does not say food source on it, or from whole foods, then I would be concerned about the negative health value and the waste of money. Symptoms of a Deficiency of B Vitamins: Nausea, exhaustion, irritability, depression, forgetfulness, loss of appetite, weight gain, pain in muscles, poor immune response, loss of control of...

Nutritional Protection: Free Radicals and Aging (Part 3 of 3)

The following is the third and final piece of a three part series that comprises a white paper report on Nutritional Protection Against Excitotoxins.  In this series we explore the importance of nutrition in protecting the body and brain from harmful toxins and free radicals.  To read the complete report on Nutritional Protection, click to download. This is for reference only, all rights are reserved. Free Radicals: Research now shows us that as we age our cells, including neurons, lose a significant amount of their ability to generate energy. Most cells generate the majority of their energy from electrons passing through a series of enzymatic reactions within the mitochondria, known as the electron transport chain. These electrons are derived from the breakdown of glucose in the kreb’s cycle. The various steps in energy generation by the electron transport chain have been designated Complex I through V as listed in the table below: Electron Transport Chain: Complex I-NADH – Ubiquinone oxidoreductase Complex II – Succinate: ubiquinone oxidoreductase Complex III – ubiquinonl: ferricytochrome c oxidoreductase Complex IV – ferrocytochrome c: oxygen oxidoreductase Complex V – ATP synthease Anything that blocks one of these enzymatic steps severely interferes with the cells’ ability to produce energy, primarily in the form of ATP. But to better understand how energy deficits occur we must go back one more step. Even before energy production declines another process begins to develop as we age — the cells begin to accumulate free radicals in larger amounts. We know that free radicals can damage cell membranes, intracellular components, and even the DNA itself. One reason for all of this increase...

Nutritional Protection: Omega-3 Essential Fats (Part 2 of 3)

The following is the second of a three part series that comprises a white paper report on Nutritional Protection Against Excitotoxins.  In this series we explore the importance of nutrition in protecting the body and brain from harmful toxins and free radicals.  To read the complete report on Nutritional Protection, click to download. This is for reference only, all rights are reserved. Omega-3 Essential Fats: The majority of fats ingested in the American diet consist of what are known as omega 6 polyunsaturated fatty acids. This includes the essential fatty acids linoleic and linolenic acids, which are high in corn, cotton, soya, safflower, and sunflower oils. There is a popular trend that has been initiated by the American Heart Association, that promotes the use of polyunsaturate oils, there is growing evidence that these oils promote the generation of “bad” and “good” eicosanoids. In fact, there is great evidence that these oils may actually promote arteriosclerosis, and therefore, coronary artery disease and strokes. Omega 3-fatty acids are derived primarily from coldwater fish. When the diet consists of a high proportion of these oils the generation of of arachidonic acid is significantly reduced, thereby reducing the generation of “bad” eicosanoids. Experimental animal and human studies have both shown a significant reduction in blood coagulation and, hence, in the incidence of both strokes and heart attacks. We know that cell membranes are critical in receptor function, ion exchange, enzyme function, and nutrient entry into the cell. With aging, the cell membranes lose some of their fluidity and as a result these critical functions are impaired. It has been shown that omega 3-fatts...

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