The Future of Probiotics

By Erik Goldman

Scanning electron micrograph of Bifidobacterium lactis B420, a unique probiotic strain capable of reducing body fat and waist circumference in obese adults. The genomics and proteomics revolutions have transformed probiotic product development. In the near future, practitioners will be better able to match strains to specific symtpom patterns.

“It’s hard to develop new probiotics. It takes a lot of work, and a lot of expertise,” says Wesley Morovic, leader of the Probiotic Genomics team at IFF, an international ingredient company that owns the Howaru brand of probiotics.

From its humble beginnings as an offshoot of dairy production, the probiotics industry has evolved into a sophisticated global enterprise focused on identifying potentially helpful microbes and finding optimal ways to use them. 

Where early probiotic development was based largely on observation and educated guesswork, the process today involves precise genomic and metabolomic analysis.

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New Collaboration Promotes Chromatography for Herb Quality

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The American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) and the American Botanical Council (ABC)—two of the nation’s leading herbal medicine advocacy groups—have joined forces with the International Association for the Advancement of High Performance Thin Layer Chromatography (HPTLC Association) to promote greater consensus and wider use of this important analytical technique. According to an AHP press release announcing […]

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COVID Pandemic Stokes Surge in Supplement Use

Written by Janet Gulland, Contributing Writer

The COVID-19 pandemic has fueled a massive surge in supplement use across the United States, according to data from a new Harris Poll sponsored by the Samueli Foundation. The survey gathered responses from 2,053 US women and men, representing a broad range of ages, ethnicities, and geographical locations. Over three quarters of the respondents (76%) […]

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HPC Video

Food-Induced Autoimmunity: Tips for Taming Immune System Anarchy

Written by Erik Goldman

Chronic systemic inflammation and autoimmune reactions underlying many common metabolic, digestive, respiratory, and musculoskeletal disorders.

Delayed type food allergies and sensitivities are major drivers of inflammation. Left unchecked, allergies and sensitivities can lead to immune system “anarchy.”

The challenge for clinicians is that sensitivity patterns are highly individualized, and many common foods which are not problematic for most people, can be highly problematic for some.

This free webinar, Roger Deutsch and Amy Pieczarka explore the role of the innate immune system in delayed type food allergies and sensitivities, in the context of chronic inflammatory conditions.

They share data on newly discovered pathways that lead to food-induced autoimmunity, the role played by neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs), and the ways to apply neutrophil activation assays to identify individual triggers and tailor therapeutic interventions.

The session covers:

  • How food sensitivities and “NETosis” drive chronic inflammatory states.
  • The contribution of unchecked sensitivities to foods, herbs, environmental chemicals, molds, and pharmaceutical substances to many common chronic diseases.
  • Ways in which continual exposure to offending foods and toxins may prime the immune system in ways that render people more prone to COVID-19 and its complications.
  • How to use Alcat testing to detect “hidden” food sensitivities with a high degree of accuracy.
  • Ways to help patients toward a balanced immune response that is strong enough to fend off infection, but not over-reactive so as to cause autoimmunity.


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