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Probiotic Strain L. paracasei Lpc-37® Reduced Stress in Healthy Adults Scientists have been searching for “psychobiotics,” probiotics that can modify the gut-brain axis,1 and now a recent publication using a robust clinical trial design demonstrated a probiotic strain that improved the stress response. Previous preclinical studies demonstrated that Lacticaseibacillus paracasei Lpc-37 (Lpc-37), formerly known as Lactobacillus paracasei Lpc-37 prevented the development of certain behaviors associated with chronic stress.2 This “psychobiotic” candidate was selected from other probiotic strains for clinical effects on perceived stress…

Probiotic Strain L. paracasei Lpc-37® Reduced Stress in Healthy Adults Scientists have been searching for “psychobiotics,” probiotics that can modify the gut-brain axis,1 and now a recent publication using a robust clinical trial…

View this 2-minute webinar preview with Jennifer Stagg, ND. Webinar summary One of the most gratifying things for practitioners with patients on protocols is when the patients begin to feel better, and symptoms go away. But six months to a year down the line, the symptoms can start to return, and the patients find themselves back at the beginning. What happened? Jennifer Stagg, ND shares her clinical experience and insight to what she believes is the culprit to those symptoms’…

View this 2-minute webinar preview with Jennifer Stagg, ND. Webinar summary One of the most gratifying things for practitioners with patients on protocols is when the patients begin to feel better, and symptoms…

Articles, Functional Medicine, Musculoskeletal

Most patients seeking pain relief rely on the following three families of drugs: opioids, gabapentinoids, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs). These widely used drugs are associated with serious side effects.1 During the past decade there has been an increasing interest in cannabis-derived products for pain management with a better safety profile and adequate pain relief. However, we still know surprisingly little about the effectiveness of nonintoxicating cannabis-based products on pain—conventionally referred to as “industrial hemp.” A new preclinical study using…

Most patients seeking pain relief rely on the following three families of drugs: opioids, gabapentinoids, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs). These widely used drugs are associated with serious side effects.1 During the past…

Articles, Digestive, Nutritionists

Prebiotics are types of food ingredients that are nondigestible by humans and broken down by human gut bacteria into compounds that are beneficial for humans. Human breast milk contains a rich source of prebiotics called “human milk oligosaccharides” or “HMOs,” which act as the very first prebiotics taken in by a nursing infant.1 Among the HMOs, 2’-fucosyllactose (2’-FL) is the most abundantly produced.2 The effect of 2’-FL was recently studied in adults with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel…

Prebiotics are types of food ingredients that are nondigestible by humans and broken down by human gut bacteria into compounds that are beneficial for humans. Human breast milk contains a rich source of…

Articles, Digestive, Nutritionists

Single-strain and multistrain probiotics can be beneficial for specific clinical applications.1,2 Potential advantages of multistrain probiotic supplements are a broader spectrum of health benefits (compared to intake of a single probiotic strain) and synergistic effects of the individual probiotic strains.2 Clinical trial results on a new, high colony-forming units (CFU) count combination of 8 strains of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium probiotics were recently published in Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal.3 The study evaluated the short-term impact of consumption of one capsule…

Single-strain and multistrain probiotics can be beneficial for specific clinical applications.1,2 Potential advantages of multistrain probiotic supplements are a broader spectrum of health benefits (compared to intake of a single probiotic strain) and…

View this 2-minute webinar preview with Amy Coleman, MD. Webinar summary Amy Coleman, MD provides a high-level overview of the gut-skin connection. She discusses how leaky gut can lead to a number of inflammatory skin diseases including psoriasis and eczema. Dr. Coleman provides her steps to heal the gut and lead to skin relief. In her steps to heal the inflammatory response, she includes specific diets as well as bioactives to heal the mucosal lining and support digestion and liver…

View this 2-minute webinar preview with Amy Coleman, MD. Webinar summary Amy Coleman, MD provides a high-level overview of the gut-skin connection. She discusses how leaky gut can lead to a number of…

Blogs, Foundational, Nutritionists

Event Speakers: Heather Zwickey, PhD; Erik Lundquist, MD; Annalouise O’Connor, PhD This course helps clinicians understand how common viral infections can have long-term consequences carried out by the immune system. You will learn how lytic (actively replicating) and latent (quiescent) viral infections can raise the risk of autoimmune conditions, cancers, myocardial infarctions, and stroke. We will outline how to assess patient risk, and understand the current limitations of laboratory measures. You will understand how to intervene with specific nutrients and…

Event Speakers: Heather Zwickey, PhD; Erik Lundquist, MD; Annalouise O’Connor, PhD This course helps clinicians understand how common viral infections can have long-term consequences carried out by the immune system. You will learn…

Blogs, Foundational, Nutritionists

by Molly Knudsen, MS, RDN It’s no secret: The United States is getting grayer. More gray hair, that is. In 2018, the number of Americans 65 years and older reached 52 million.1 That number is projected to practically double to 95 million, or nearly one in every four Americans by 2060.1,2 This rise in an aging population will result in some unique challenges such as strain to the elder care resources, additional healthcare costs, and the need of addressing chronic…

by Molly Knudsen, MS, RDN It’s no secret: The United States is getting grayer. More gray hair, that is. In 2018, the number of Americans 65 years and older reached 52 million.1 That…

Blogs, Foundational, Nutritionists

by Cassie Story, RDN Abstract: Although it was not identified and isolated until the 1930s, vitamin C has been known to protect against and treat certain disease states since the 18th century. Ask any health care practitioner to recall the first nutrient deficiency they learned about, and vitamin C will likely top the list. Images of sailors in the 1700s returning to shore with bleeding gums, fatigue, and even death due to a deficiency in this potent, water-soluble, antioxidant micronutrient…

by Cassie Story, RDN Abstract: Although it was not identified and isolated until the 1930s, vitamin C has been known to protect against and treat certain disease states since the 18th century. Ask…

Blogs, Digestive, Functional Medicine

by Melissa Blake, ND Immune resilience has never been more important or desired than in the past year. As a result of a global pandemic, patients and practitioners alike are seeking effective solutions to ensure a robust immune defense. Outside of the current COVID-19 concerns, respiratory tract infections (RTIs) pose a significant burden and are, in children, elderly, and immunocompromised individuals, the most prevalent diseases globally.1 A well-balanced gut microbiota is associated with protection against various diseases, including respiratory infections,…

by Melissa Blake, ND Immune resilience has never been more important or desired than in the past year. As a result of a global pandemic, patients and practitioners alike are seeking effective solutions…

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