Tagged: bacteria

How bacteria rule over your body

The human microbiota consists of the 10-100 trillion symbiotic microbial cells harbored by each person, primarily bacteria in the gut; the human microbiome consists of the genes these cells harbor. Microbiome projects worldwide have...

Glucomannan: a new fiber option

It’s well known that soluble fiber, as found in oats, barley, and psyllium (used in bulk laxatives such as Metamucil), helps lower blood cholesterol levels and promote “regularity” and has other potential health benefits. Now another soluble fiber is...

Whole grains: good for the gut

Whole grains provide a host of potential benefits, from reduced risk of diabetes and heart disease to improved digestive health and appetite control. Now two clinical trials from Tufts University, published recently in the American...

Do spicy foods cause ulcers?

Years ago it was accepted as fact that spicy foods were the culprits behind many peptic ulcers. Doctors’ advice was to avoid curries, salsas, hot peppers, and anything else that “burned,” the theory being that...

Brave new world of nanotechnology

Manmade nanoparticles are being added to more and more foods, drugs, and other products and are ultimately finding their way into the environment. The name of these minuscule particles comes from the word “nanometer,”...

Are GMOs good or bad?

In most cases, GMOs have been altered with DNA from another organism, be it a bacterium, plant, virus or animal; these organisms are sometimes referred to as “transgenic” organisms. A gene from a spider that...

Ginger: a folk remedy put to the test

Used in cooking and herbal medicine around the world, ginger is the rhizome (underground stem) of Zingiber officinale, which grows in warm climates. It contains many interesting compounds. The best known of these are...