A “Human Milk Sugar Fermentate”

A new concept in the microbiome space, fermented human milk sugars: Human milk sugars, which can be cultured through yeast fermentation–in a similar process to making biofuel or brewing beer–seemed like a good fit. In breastfed infants, the human milk sugars help build up bifidobacterium in the gut, one of a few bacteria that can … Continue reading A “Human Milk Sugar Fermentate”

“Self-Dosing with Bacteria”

From Harvard Medical School's Health Blog:  ...interest in probiotic supplements is on the rise. Some digestive disease specialists are recommending them for disorders that frustrate conventional medicine, such as irritable bowel syndrome. Since the mid-1990s, clinical studies suggest that probiotic therapy can help treat several gastrointestinal ills, delay the development of allergies in children, and … Continue reading “Self-Dosing with Bacteria”

Diet rapidly and reproducibly alters the human gut microbiome

That is the title of a recent paper on the human gut microbiome. The researchers compare the effects of plant vs animal-based diets on a range of metrics including bile acids, bacteria and viruses. Here is one of their main conclusions: we show that the short-term consumption of diets composed entirely of animal or plant … Continue reading Diet rapidly and reproducibly alters the human gut microbiome