What is a Probiotic CFU?

We previously alluded to what a probiotic is in our post here More here: Probiotics are microorganisms with potential health benefits. They may be used to prevent and treat antibiotic-associated diarrhea and acute infectious diarrhea. They may also be effective in relieving symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, and in treating atopic dermatitis in children. Species commonly … Continue reading What is a Probiotic CFU?

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Antibiotics, Diarrhea and Probiotics

Researchers at the Universities of Chapel Hill and Chicago, respectively, recommend pairing probiotics with antibiotics in an opinion piece here  When you prescribe an antibiotic for a 45-year-old patient with Helicobacter pylori, he worries that the medication will cause diarrhea. Should you recommend that he take probiotics? More than a third of patients taking antibiotics … Continue reading Antibiotics, Diarrhea and Probiotics

Effects of Turmeric on Blood Glucose, Lipids and Total Cholesterol – More Clinical Literature Bytes

Readers recently requested information on the effects of food and supplements on Type 2 diabetes (T2D)*. We recently posted a piece on clinical trial showing the effects of psyllium on T2D (link here). A few other randomized studies point to benefits of Turmeric (molecular family curcuminoids) In a study named Curcuminoids modify lipid profile in … Continue reading Effects of Turmeric on Blood Glucose, Lipids and Total Cholesterol – More Clinical Literature Bytes

Clinical Study: Effects of psyllium on glucose and serum lipid responses in men with type 2 diabetes and hypercholesterolemia

Byte Sized Summary: Consuming 5.1 g of a psyllium husk product (a common fiber powder) twice daily had favorable effects on blood sugar and lipid values in diagnosed Type 2 Diabetic men. (A dated, but nonetheless useful data point.) Updated by request: we added the test articles and some links at the end of the blog entry. … Continue reading Clinical Study: Effects of psyllium on glucose and serum lipid responses in men with type 2 diabetes and hypercholesterolemia