Category Archives: Probiotics & Prebiotics

Probiotic bacteria fundamentally inhabit the gastro-intestinal tract, and in return for food and shelter they help us to digest food, absorb nutrients, keep pathogenic bacteria at bay and support the immune system.

Antibiotic Resistance – ‘The Ticking Time Bomb’

“The danger posed by growing resistance to antibiotics should be ranked along with terrorism on a list of threats to the nation, the government’s chief medical officer for England has said. Professor Dame Sally Davies described it as a “ticking time bomb”. She warned that routine operations could become deadly in just 20 years if we lose the ability to fight infection.” Continue reading  ▶

New Year Health Tips 2015

The formalities of the Christmas period are essentially wonderful, with time off work, nice food and spending time with your family and friends. But in reality it is also a stressful time of year for many people. Then we have the excitement of the New Year and the psychological impact of a new calendar year and perhaps the post seasonal ‘blues’ as winter sets in.

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In the News – Health and Nutrition Research

We provide a review of recent health related research stories that made the news with six items comprising:

  • ‘Can your blood type affect your memory?’;
  • ‘Bad cholesterol assumptions questioned again’;
  • ‘Case reveals possible allergy to antibiotics in food’;
  • ‘How epigenetic memory is passed across generations’; ‘Breast versus bottle feeding’ and
  • ‘Do artificial sweeteners induce glucose intolerance’.

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Hay Fever, Allergies and the Allergic Reaction

Hay Fever, Allergies and the Allergic Reaction

It is that time of year again as the sun shines and daylight hours lengthen, for many of us our spirits are up. Unfortunately for a sizeable proportion of the population it also means the start of months of varying misery as our allergic reactions skew our immune system and hay fever and related allergies abound. Continue reading  ▶

‘Goodbye Probiotic, Hello Live Native Bacteria!’

‘Goodbye Probiotic, Hello Live Native Bacteria!’

Sadly at Cytoplan we are shortly drawing to a close our use of the word “Probiotic” in all relevant product packaging plus online and print materials (etc.). So soon, when you are looking for our range of supplements that we have sold for decades and designed to support gut health you will be confronted instead with the term “Live Native Bacteria”. Continue reading  ▶

Probiotic Health and Mood

Are your tummy microbes making you Melancholic?

How does your gut health affect your mood – could the microbes in your tummy be making you melancholic? We look at this and other recent health related research that made the news, including:

‘Government advice on folic acid supplements for pregnancy appears to be failing; but is the suggested mandatory folic acid fortification of flour good for us all’? ‘Several forms of vitamin E protect against memory disorders, study says’; and ‘do combined Selenium and vitamin E supplements increase prostate cancer risk’? Continue reading  ▶