We at Progurt have long been beating the drum about the link between Autism and gut dysbiosis or an imbalance of unfriendly or bad gut bacteria compared to friendly or good gut bacteria. As there are more cells in the human gut than there are cells in the entire human body, certain special species of bacteria have to predominate to keep us healthy physically and mentally. We have featured many respected scholarly articles and trials showing the Autism/Gut bacteria link, including the 2014 study from Arizona State University in Tempe which found that autistic children had significantly fewer types of 3 critical types of gut bacteria compared with normal control individuals.
Again this week, a study was featured on RT News with the heading “Probiotics can ‘potentially’ cure autism-like disorders. We recommend this and other articles on Autism for you to consider:
Progurt has many champions from the medical and scientific community advocating the multi-human strain probiotic to people with mental illness. Progurt has also always supported new research to evidence the gut-brain connection. In particular, successful trials on MS patients at the Microsearch Research Foundation were championed by Professor Earl Owen, the head of the Foundation. Dr Owen was an outspoken advocate of the beneficial effects that Progurt may have on MS patients.
It has taken nearly 2 decades for formal acknowledgement of such research. A medical team from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) in Boston, Massachusetts have just published evidence that changes in diet and gut flora may influence astrocytes in the brain, and, consequently, neurodegeneration, pointing to potential therapeutic targets. The team's results are published in Nature Medicine, May 2016.
"For the first time, we've been able to identify that food has some sort of remote control over central nervous system inflammation," said corresponding author Francisco Quintana, PhD, an investigator in the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at BWH. "What we eat influences the ability of bacteria in our gut to produce small molecules, some of which are capable of traveling all the way to the brain. This opens up an area that's largely been unknown until now: how the gut controls brain inflammation."
Health practitioners using Progurt with Parkinsons disease patients to replenish their gut with good bacteria.
The Gut Brain connection has again been front page health news; this time with news this week in Australia that Parkinsons disease was 78% higher amongst people in an area of Victoria heavily exposed to pesticides than the states average.
This is not new knowledge amonst health care researchers, wo have already shown in experiments with rates that Parkinsons-like symptoms can be induced with injection of certain pesticides.
Many mood-related and neurological conditions have now been linked with gut bacteria, including Parkinsons disease. The researchers behind Progurt, including renowned physician and microbiologist, the late Professor Earl Owen, demonstrated the mind gut connection when treating immune distressed patients with the probiotic. Professor Owen said that Western diets and the ingestion of chemicals through our food destroys much of our good gut bacteria.
Progurt replenishes the gut with strains destroyed or missing because of our environment, diet or lifestyle.
“Gut health is the new objective in medicine,” says Kathie Swift, a US nutritionist leading this radical shift in medical thinking. “ Your gut is your pathway to health, but also your pathway to pathology”. From your throat, to your stomach, intestines, colon and rectum, our gut is our body’s food processing, nutrient extraction and waste compaction service. It is also, crucially, home to trillions of bacteria, dubbed, microbiota.
Bacteria are required for our very survival. “Residual food that reaches your colon is indigestible, which is where your bacteria come to the rescue”, explains Professor Martin J Blasser who heads up the Human Microbiome Program at New York University. Bacteria are also essential for regulating our immune systems, brain functions and mood, as well as maintaining blood pressure.
Many studies have now confirmed that that those who are obese have a different profile of gut bacteria to those who are slim. Blaser links microbes and over-reliance on cesareans and over-prescription of antibiotics with the obesity epidemic. When you take antibiotics, you kill most bacteria, but some survive – the ones you don’t want. These “unfriendly” bacteria prosper and up-regulate genes in the liver responsible for transporting more fat out into the fat stores of the body.
"Go with your gut" is becoming a health mantra, as science learns just how important the bacteria in our large intestines are for our overall wellbeing.
So important, in fact, that recent research found gut bacteria has as much influence on health as an organ – just like your skin, kidneys or lungs.
Science is just starting to discover that your gut bacteria affect a whole lot more of you than simply whether you have an upset tummy. Intestinal microbiota has been demonstrated to influence brain development, eating disorders, asthma and even behaviour.
It's important to note that we have a lot of bacteria in our large intestines – almost 1.5kg of tiny microbes that feed on everything we consume.
We wish you all a wonderful year ahead. We congratulate you on your determined happy journey of longevity and good gut health. We applaud your daily beneficial nutritional choices and commend your gratitude for life’s joys.
Progurt research pioneer and benefactor, Professor Earl Owen, believed passionately that the body, given the right nourishment and gut environment could help to heal itself. He believed that severe degenerative immune diseases could be turned around with good nutrition or “natural medicine”.
Progurt is now the choice of leading oncologists and surgeons for gut replenishment of beneficial bacteria destroyed by chemotherapy, hospitalization or antibiotics. The high CFU capability of Progurt’s human strains probiotic cannot be matched by any other probiotic today.
The Probiotics Institute extols the benefits and research into the development of Progurt and commends pioneers such as Professor Owen and Dr Alan Greenberg, whose oft quoted words , we believe, hold true for all days: “…your best chance of living to a ripe old age is to … learn about nutrition.
These two science-y sounding words are simply like nutritional gut medicine that smooth out your digestion, helping to rid you of gas and bloating, and are thought to play a role in weight management and disease prevention.
If the thought of not having to clench your butt cheeks in a meeting to avoid slipping a fart or never having to loosen your belt buckle to make room for your distended belly sounds like the best Christmas present ever, then here's what you need to know.
Probiotics are the live microorganisms that live in our gut and are also found in yeast and fungi. Consuming foods that contain these bad boys quite simply makes your gut sing.
“Understanding the commensal bacteria system in the human body and supplementing with the appropriate bacteria could cure various allergies and protect the body from multiple pathogens”, says Professor Mimi Tang, international expert in the field of allergic and immune deficiency disorders.
Professor Tang has worked in the field of probiotics, prebiotics and gut microbiota for the past 10 years and has expertise in the investigation of gut microbiota changes in allergic disease. She is also a leader in the field of primary immune deficiency in the Asia Pacific region. She has been awarded research grants with a total in excess of $20.5 million and has authored over 190 peer reviewed journal articles, invited reviews, and book chapters.
In one study involving children with severe peanut allergies, after 18 months of daily consumption of probiotics, 80 percent of the children were able to tolerate peanuts.
In this study, the equivalent of 44 pounds of a commercial yogurt, highly concentrated, was used.
Presuming the yogurt strains were live and contained 500 million CFU per pound this would equate to a 22 billion CFU capsule. Progurt has been tested and shown to have a 1 trillion plus CFU capability. Consuming Progurt would be equivalent to 2,000 pounds of commercial yogurt. Health care professionals recommend Progurt as a leader in probiotic capability.
The probiotic arms-race just accelerated with this great approach to probiotic supplementation. Progurt boasts 1 trillion CFUs per dose--that’s 10 times the next highest CFU count we have seen on the market, and maybe 40 times the average probiotic supplement. Even more important is Progurt's approach to the category. Based upon “multiple human probiotic isolates” promising to be identical to those found in a healthy human gut from birth, this unique and disruptive approach to delivering a diversity of native probiotics to boost our microbiota is just what the category needs.
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