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Antibiotics linked to childhood obesity

Posted 3 years ago by Joanna in General Health News

A study just published in JAMA Paediatrics has found that repeated exposure to broad-spectrum antibiotics from ages 0 to 23 months is associated with early childhood obesity. The study This cohort study1 was carried out by US researcher...

Is wine a probiotic?

Posted 3 years ago by Joanna in General Health News

A study recently published in Food Microbiology1 isolated bacteria from red wine to test them for probiotic qualities. Specifically, these were 11 strains of LAB belonging to Pediococcus pentosaceus, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus ...

Microbirth: New film highlights importance of vaginal birth for babies’ microbiome

Posted 3 years ago by Joanna in General Health News

Microbirth is a thought provoking new documentary film investigating the microscopic processes and the consequent effect on our microbiome that takes place during childbirth. It’s presently being premiered in midwifery and natural chi...

Probiotics and children's immunity: a new study

Posted 3 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

Many studies have suggested there is a positive link between probiotic supplementation and immunity, and this week we've seen yet another clinical trial add to this research. The new study, published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutr...

Most probiotics don’t live up to their claims? Well ours do! Our response to recent study.

Posted 3 years ago by Joanna in OptiBac in the Press

Last week a study was released in the press, including in the Daily Mail, Telegraph and Times, claiming that probiotic drinks and supplements are 'unlikely to have any health benefits'. The study involved scientists from University College ...

New OptiBac Probiotics 'For women' now available.

Posted 3 years ago by Kathy in General Health News

We are very excited to announce the launch of our brand new product! ‘For women’, is specifically for the female ‘intimate’ flora. It contains two different strains of live cultures, found in the vaginal tract....

Women's rights and probiotics? A unique partnership!

Posted 3 years ago by Soraya in OptiBac in the Press

We're very pleased to announce our partnership with international women's rights charity, Womankind Worldwide, to coincide with the launch of our new product, OptiBac Probiotics 'For women'.  For every pack purchased of 'For women', we...

L. acidophilus NCFM and prebiotics shown to boost friendly bacteria in gut

Posted 4 years ago by Kathy in General Health News

A new study [1] from Denmark and Finland shows that a combination of Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM® and the prebiotic cellobiose boosts the numbers of certain beneficial bacteria in the gut, such as Lactobacilli, Bifidobacterium, Colin...

New study says certain probiotics don't prevent diarrhoea & C. difficile

Posted 4 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

A new study carried out here in the UK has found that some strains of probiotics are ineffective at preventing antibiotic-associated diarrhoea (AAD) and C. difficile diarrhoea (CDD). At first reading, this may not sound like particularly po...

Is your gut bacteria influencing your food cravings?

Posted 4 years ago by Joanna in General Health News

Do you blame your own will power when it comes to holding off junk food? Perhaps you can blame it on your gut bacteria!  Many of us think that we only have one type of bacteria living in our gut which has only one role to play. In fac...

New meta analysis of probiotics for constipation

Posted 4 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

A new meta-analysis of probioticsfor constipation has been published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Constipation is a common condition which the NHS estimates to affect 1 in 7 adults and up to 1 in 3 children at any one time...

L.reuteri RC-14 and L.rhamnosus GR-1 granted vaginal health claim in Korea

Posted 4 years ago by Kathy in General Health News

The South Korean Ministry of Food & Drug Safety has approved the application from a leading, global microbiology institute (Chr. Hansen) for a health claim for the specific combination of probiotic bacteria strains known as Urex. The tw...

Remedies for IBS - new guidelines promote probiotics

Posted 4 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

The use of probiotics as a possible treatment method for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) has gathered momentum this month, as the American College of Gastroenterology has released new guidelines for the treatment of IBS, which includes appro...

10 family holiday health tips

Posted 4 years ago by Kathy in General Health News

With school holidays now upon us, everyone’s attentions are turning to thoughts of sunnier climes, and their hard-earned annual holidays. I know that every moment of your few weeks in the sun is precious, so with that in mind, I thoug...

Scientists suggest 'fist bumping' reduces bacteria transfer

Posted 4 years ago by Kathy in General Health News

Scientists at Aberystwyth university have recently carried out research [1] into the transference of germs between people when shaking-hands. Dr. Dave Whitworth, a senior lecturer at the university carried out the research, assisted by one ...

NICE and statins - a nutritionist's point of view

Posted 4 years ago by Kathy in General Health News

The medicines regulator, the National Institute of Care and Health Excellence (NICE), has recently introduced new guidelines urging doctors to increase the amount of patients that they recommend statins to. Previously, only high-risk patien...

Study finds probiotics and prebiotics help with constipation

Posted 4 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

Research into probiotics for constipation is becoming ever more common and now a new, soon to be published, study adds to the evidence that suggests specific strains of bacteria, accompanied with prebiotics, may help with the condition. NHS...

Probiotics may help lower risk of heart disease

Posted 4 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

It's a well known fact that heart disease is one of the biggest global health issues we face, accounting for the most deaths in almost every country on the planet year after year. To prevent heart disease we know that a healthy diet; low in...

Can probiotics prevent antibiotic resistance?

Posted 4 years ago by Kathy in General Health News

With antibiotic resistance taking high priority on the political agenda at the moment, now seems a good time to take a look at this growing concern, and discuss the challenges that it presents to modern medicine and society in general. P...

Supplements for women - which do you really need?

Posted 4 years ago by Kathy in General Health News

When it comes to choosing a supplement, it can be a bit of a minefield with so many different ones to choose from. Lots of people, understandably, don’t know where to start, so this article looks at the key nutrients including vitamin...

Research suggests that oysters need their probiotics too

Posted 4 years ago by Kathy in General Health News

A recent study published by the National Shellfisheries Association, evaluated the use of probiotic bacteria in oyster hatcheries. Oyster larvae are extremely susceptible to bacterial infection, especially by pathogenic strains of Vibrio a...

New research suggests probiotic supplements help those with Cystic Fibrosis

Posted 4 years ago by Kathy in General Health News

A new study in the Iranian Journal of Paediatrics, reveals that taking probiotic supplements can improve the quality of life of patients with cystic fibrosis (CS). CS is a disorder that affects the transport of sodium and chloride across ce...

OptiBac Probiotics For travelling abroad supplement in Bella mag

Posted 4 years ago by Soraya in OptiBac in the Press

That well informed team at Bella magazine has mentioned us in their special feature, 'Do holidays make you ill?' Medical nutritionist Dr Sarah Brewer explains 'Prevention is better than cure', and recommends a multivitamin, mineral suppleme...

Prebiotics may help reduce infections in children

Posted 4 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

A new meta-analysis reveals that prebiotics may help to reduce infections in children under 2 years old, particularly in cases of acute respiratory tract infections and gastroenteritis. The study published in Nutrition Reviews, analysed 5 ...

Exercise and protein increase diversity of gut microbiota

Posted 4 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

Exercise and a diet high in protein could have a beneficial impact on the diversity of gut microbiota, says a new study from researchers at the University College Cork, and published in the British Medical Journal. Scientists discovered a ...

Could probiotics be used to treat diseased coral?

Posted 4 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

The possible applications of probiotics seem endless at times, don't they?  New research from the University of Derby, and published in the 'Proceedings of the Royal Society B' looks closely at the microbes involved in certain diseases...

Is white bread a prebiotic? So say the press...

Posted 4 years ago by Kathy in General Health News

Results of a Spanish study, which looked at the effects of diet on gut flora, have recently been published in the American Chemical Societies ‘Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry’. The study involving 38 healthy adults lo...

New study shows probiotics DO work for colic

Posted 4 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

Probiotics for colic?  A new study has revealed that probiotics may play a preventative role in the development of infantile colic, gastroesophageal reflux and constipation. The prospective, multicentre, double-blind, placebo-controlle...

OptiBac Probiotics mentioned in new nutrition book

Posted 4 years ago by Kathy in OptiBac in the Press

A new book entitled ‘Meals that Heal Inflammation’, written by Canadian nutritionist Julie Daniluk looks at the process of inflammation, and how it plays a part in most common health complaints. Most of us are aware that conditi...

Two studies show probiotics may improve oral health

Posted 4 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

Scientific research is continuing to show that the health benefits of probiotics may extend far beyond the small and large intestine. Probiotics, or live cultures as they're also known, have long been established for their ability to help w...

S. boulardii tested to lower cholesterol

Posted 4 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

Scientific research is increasingly finding that the effects of probiotics are further reaching than just the gastrointestinal tract. Studies have found that probiotics have the potential to effect areas outside of the gut such as skin heal...

Psychobiotics: Just a fad? Or here to stay?

Posted 4 years ago by Kathy in General Health News

Mental health issues are now thought to affect one in six people in the UK, and to cost the economy a staggering £105 billion per year [1]. In order to raise public awareness of this growing problem and to help de-stigmatise mental he...

Probiotics could help with weight loss and cholesterol management

Posted 4 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

New research has revealed the potential for live cultures to help regulate weight gain, cholesterol levels and even diabetes. A group of scientists, based at the University College Cork (UCC) in Ireland, have discovered that a protein commo...

Vaginal bacterial strain shows anti-cancer properties

Posted 4 years ago by Kathy in General Health News

A recent in-vitro study, suggests that a specific strain of probiotic bacteria, Enterococcus faecalis, may possess anti-cancer properties.   The study revealed that the bacteria, that were isolated from the vaginal microbiota of a g...

Probiotics vs Antibiotics? You're asking the wrong question

Posted 4 years ago by Jo in General Health News

The question of whether someone should be taking a probiotic or an antibiotic is one I hear fairly frequently. The answer, in short, is that this isn't a question of either / or! Here at OptiBac Probiotics we are not suggesting anyone stops...

Antibiotics during pregnancy may impair baby's immunity

Posted 4 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

A recent study from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has revealed that antibiotic treatment during pregnancy may be harmful to the development of a baby’s immune system. The study suggests that antibiotic treatment denies...

Study shows certain probiotic strain not good for colic

Posted 4 years ago by Jo in General Health News

This week a study published in the British Medical Journal, and reported in the Daily Mail, has reported that a strain of bacteria known as Lactobacillus reuteri DSM 17938 is not effective in helping to reduce symptoms of colic in babies. ...

Japanese bacteria to travel to space

Posted 4 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

The makers of Yakult, a fermented milk drink, and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) are to carry out an intriguing six year study, in which they will take their strain of the beneficial bacteria Lactobacillus casei into space. ...

OptiBac Probiotics featured in new ‘Good Food’ book

Posted 4 years ago by Jacob in General Health News, in OptiBac in the Press

“The best on the market is OptiBac Probiotics, as their product formulations are excellent and are based on sound medical research.” We’re delighted to have been mentioned in John McKenna’s latest book ‘Good F...

Bi-07 strain supports immune function in elderly

Posted 4 years ago by Jo in General Health News

A study carried out by the University of Reading and DuPont Nutrition & Health has identified that daily supplementation with Bifidobacterium lactis Bi-07 may help improve immune function in the elderly. Daily supplementation with bacte...

Anyone for baby poop sausages?

Posted 4 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

The humble sausage might never be considered a "superfood", but a group of Spanish scientists think that they've found a way to make them much healthier: by adding bacteria cultured from baby poop. To many of you that might sound like the&n...

Bl-04 bacteria reduces risk of common cold

Posted 4 years ago by Jo in General Health News

A recent randomised double-blind placebo-controlled trial has reported the potential benefits of Bifidobacterium lactis Bl-04 supplementation, which is associated with a significant 27% reduction in the risk of any Upper Respiratory Tract I...

Gut microbiota responsive to diet

Posted 4 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

Your gut is an ecosystem in its own right, it's home to 100 trillion microorganisms and contains more than 1,000 different species, this huge collection of microbes has become known as the gut microbiota. Research is just starting to unders...

Calcium and prebiotic combination may benefit bone health

Posted 4 years ago by Jo in General Health News

A recent study carried out at the University of Ulster, published in the Journal of Nutrition, has revealed that taking a combination of a calcium supplement and fructooligosaccharides (FOS), is more effective than taking the calcium alone....

8 unusual uses for probiotics

Posted 4 years ago by Jo in General Health News

Most of us are familiar with taking our daily probiotic supplement in the conventional way, either in capsule or powder form. It is however becoming increasingly apparent that people are discovering some weird and wonderful ways to use thei...

Diet type can impact quantity and activity of gut bacteria

Posted 4 years ago by Jo in General Health News

At a time of year when our thoughts turn to making changes to our diet, intriguing recent research has revealed that the foods we eat can have a significant impact on our gut bacteria. The ground-breaking study aimed to determine whether c...

Probiotics shown to reduce antibiotic side effects

Posted 4 years ago by Jo in General Health News

A large study carried out at Changhai Hospital in Shangai, involving over 500 chinese hospital patients, has demonstrated the efficacy of probiotics in helping to reduce the side effects of antibiotics, specifically antibiotic-associated di...

Daily Mail discusses anxiety and features our probiotics

Posted 4 years ago by Jacob in OptiBac in the Press

The Daily Mail published an article today discussing the positive impact that probiotics may have with anxiety, and also Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) such as Asperger's syndrome. The article focused particularly on our friend, and award ...

Your Festive Survival Guide - Stay Healthy this Xmas!

Posted 4 years ago by Jo in General Health News

As a very small token from us to you, our nutritional therapist Jo Saunders has put together a Festive Survival Guide to help get you get through Christmas with health and vitality. Here our are 5 top festive tips :- 1. Eat Smart 2. Boost...

Probiotics for prevention of asthma?

Posted 4 years ago by Jo in General Health News

We are becoming increasingly aware of the significant increase in asthma sufferers over the past 50 years. A total of 300 million people across the world are now estimated to have asthma, which increases by 50% every 10 years. As a result ...

L. plantarum probiotic shown to help lower cholesterol

Posted 4 years ago by Jo in General Health News

An exciting study has explored potential new ways to lower cholesterol, using probiotic bacteria. Raised cholesterol levels, known as Hypercholesterolemia, can pose a significant risk factor for the development of coronary heart disease. Pr...

Chickens may benefit from probiotics

Posted 4 years ago by Jo in General Health News

Who says probiotics are just for us humans? Most of us are aware of the benefits of probiotics for human health, with plenty of clinical trials and customer feedback to prove it, but a recent study has demonstrated that probiotics may have ...

Probiotic potential for depression treatment

Posted 4 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

Researchers from University College Cork, in Ireland, have conducted a meta-analysis of the evidence linking probiotics and their potential for treating psychiatric illnesses, such as depression. They found that there is great potential for...

Probiotics may benefit premature babies

Posted 4 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

An exciting study carried out by the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne has discovered that supplementing breast milk with probiotic formula could significantly decrease the incidence of an inflammatory bowel disease in newborn ...

Gut bacteria linked to rheumatoid arthritis

Posted 4 years ago by Jo in General Health News

A recent study carried out by the New York Langone Medical Center, published in the US online journal eLife, has demonstrated a link between the intestinal bacteria Prevotella copri and Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Professor Dan Littman of ...

Getting in a pickle: fermented foods vs. probiotics

Posted 4 years ago by Jo in General Health News

Fermented foods are experiencing a current rise in popularity and they could well become categorised as the next ‘superfood’. The idea of fermenting foods is certainly not a new one, and in many countries such as Germany, Poland...

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Grape Seed Extract demonstrates benefits for heart health

Posted 4 years ago by Jo in General Health News

Researchers from the University of California have shown that the polyphenol Grape Seed Extract may significantly reduce blood pressure, with positive implications for heart health.  The randomised placebo controlled study, published ...

TV doctor discusses benefits of porridge & good bacteria

Posted 4 years ago by Jo in General Health News

Probiotic yogurt drinks and beneficial bacteria have received quite a bit of press recently. The Daily Mail recently published an article, ahead of an episode of the Trust Me I’m a Doctor series airing this week, comparing the benefit...

Could bacteria in water hold the key to perfect skin?

Posted 4 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

An article published this weekend in the Sunday Times Style magazine explores the idea that mineral-rich water from thermal spring water possesses health boosting benefits for our skin. The word seems to be getting out to the general public...

Liquid Probiotic: A Shot of Probiotic for you?

Posted 4 years ago by Jo in General Health News

Christian Hansen, a global company producing natural ingredients for the food, beverage, dietary supplements & agricultural industries, has announced the launch of a lemon flavoured liquid probiotic product, in the form of a 1...

How do you pronounce all of these probiotics?

Posted 4 years ago by Jo in General Health News

Probiotics are wonderful things, but they are notoriously tricky to pronounce.  We don’t mind if you are not able to pronounce them, and perhaps you prefer a more unique way of saying these long and tricky names; we are certainl...

Bifidobacterium lactis Bl-04 may reduce risk of infection

Posted 4 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

Researchers have discovered that Bifidobacterium lactis Bl-04, found in For daily wellbeing EXTRA Strength, may help to reduce the incidence of the common cold in active adults. The randomised double-blind placebo-controlled study observed...

Faecal transplants now achieved with stool bacteria capsules

Posted 4 years ago by Jo in General Health News

Canadian researchers have discovered that using stool bacteria in capsules can treat patients suffering from Clostridium difficile (C.diff) infections, a method significantly less invasive than faecal transplants. C.diff is an infectio...

Experts warn of cholesterol drug risks

Posted 4 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

Statins have become increasingly popular to help prevent heart disease in at risk individuals, but a new review of the drugs suggests that they may be doing more harm than good.  Many individuals with high cholesterol, but no history ...

Study shows prebiotics may modulate metabolism

Posted 4 years ago by Jo in General Health News

A recent study, led by Dr Frederique Respondek at the company Tereos-Syral, using an animal model of diet-induced obesity with human type microbiota, showed that scFOS (short-chain Fructooligsaccharides) as prebiotics may influence metaboli...

Probiotic supplements reduce infections in rugby players

Posted 4 years ago by Jo in General Health News

Recent research, published in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, has indicated that daily supplementation with a probiotic may be of benefit to highly trained rugby players. The study shows that probiotic supplementation may r...

For maintaining regularity wins 2013 Platinum Award

Posted 4 years ago by Jacob in OptiBac in the Press

Our probiotic and prebiotic formula For maintaining regularity was recently awarded the "Best Digestive Health Product", by Janey Lee Grace's 2013 Platinum Awards. Each year health guru and natural product crusader Janey Lee Grace selects p...

Beneficial bacteria found in breast milk

Posted 4 years ago by Jo in General Health News

Recent research, published in the Environmental Microbiology journal, revealed that the same strains of bacteria were found in the breast milk and/or faeces of seven mother-baby pairs. These types of bacteria, Bifidobacterium breve and seve...

Gut bacteria plays key role in immune function

Posted 4 years ago by Jo in General Health News

New research has found that immune dysfunction, which can cause autoimmune disease, clinical depression and obesity, may be a result of a failure to communicate between gut bacteria and other immune cells.  Dr Natalia Shulzhenko, autho...

Smoking directly impacts gut microbiota

Posted 4 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

The dangers of smoking are well documented, but up until now little was known of the impact that smoking may have on the microbial composition of the human gastrointestinal tract. A Swiss research team wanted to learn more about the possib...

Gut microbiota of slim people may help treat obesity

Posted 5 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

New research from the USA this week has added to the significant number of studies linking obesity and weight control to the composition of bacteria in our gut. Scientists from the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis believ...

Leaf-cutter ants carry friendly bacteria

Posted 5 years ago by Jo in General Health News

A study at the University of East Anglia has revealed that Leaf-cutter ants, originating from the South American rainforest, have the ability to cultivate a spectrum of antibiotic-producing bacteria on their own bodies. The ants use the ben...

Compounds from plants may help modulate our gut bacteria

Posted 5 years ago by Jo in General Health News

A recent study has indicated that special bioactive compounds found in plants, known as polyphenols, may help to stimulate the growth of a variety of bacteria. Lead Researcher Kemperman states, “The study shows that these complex pol...

Low gut bacteria diversity increases health risks for the obese

Posted 5 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

A recent research study, carried out by the international consortium MetaHIT, has identified a significant link between the diversity of gut bacteria with an increased risk of medical complications in the obese, such as cardiovascular disea...

Research unravels new genes responsible for gut bacteria colonisation

Posted 5 years ago by Jo in General Health News

Latest research from the California Institute of Technology has indicated that we have genes to thank for helping encourage colonisation of the common bacteria type, the Bacteroides. The research team, led by Professor Sarkis Mazmanian, cho...

Research suggests grape seed extract has cancer benefit

Posted 5 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

We all know that grapes are good for you, they’re a great source of vitamins K and C, and new research has revealed that grape seed extract may be beneficial for colorectal cancer sufferers. Scientists from the University of Colorado...

Probiotics show Autism health benefit

Posted 5 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

A new study published in the Journal of Probiotics & Health suggests that probiotic supplementation may have a beneficial effect on digestive issues associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  The study, carried out by Pure R...

Probiotics may prevent antibiotic side effects

Posted 5 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

Scientific evidence is growing rapidly behind the use of probiotics as a method of prevention against antibiotic-associated side effects, such as diarrhoea. A new meta-analysis, conducted by the University of Toronto, reviewed 16 separate s...

Autism linked to less diverse microbiota

Posted 5 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

New research suggests that a lack of diversity in gut microbiota may be linked to the development of autism. Researchers from Arizona State University analysed the gut microbiota of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and discovere...

Probiotics may boost mental performance for diabetics

Posted 5 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

Neuroscientists have discovered that the daily supplementation of probiotics may improve the mental performance of diabetics, particularly in areas of learning and memory. The study observed the effect of diet on four groups of lab rats, tw...

Probiotics may improve vitamin D absorption

Posted 5 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

New research suggests that the daily supplementation of a probiotic may boost vitamin D levels circulating in the blood by 25%. Vitamin D, known as the 'sunshine' vitamin, is responsible for the absorption of calcium and phosphate, which ke...

UK to urge G8 action on Superbugs

Posted 5 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

The UK is to urge the G8 to take stringent action on the matter of antibiotic-resistance, an issue which David Willetts, the Science Minister, believes is as big a threat as climate change, water stress and environmental damage. Antibi...

Gut microbiota may predict diabetes risk

Posted 5 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

Our bodies are home to ten times more cells of bacteria than our own human cells. The majority of these bacteria, including probiotics, are found in the gastrointestinal tract, where they can account to approximately 1.5 kg's of our overall...

Probiotics may help during antibiotic treatment

Posted 5 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

Scientists believe that taking a probiotic during antibiotic treatment can provide a possible preventative against antibiotic-associated side effects, including diarrhoea caused by the Clostridium difficile "superbug". C. difficile is a co...

Gut bacteria may influence infant growth rates

Posted 5 years ago by Lou in General Health News

Growth in new-borns may be significantly influenced by their composition of gut flora. The new research reveals connections between different bacteria characteristics and expected or reduced rates of growth in infants. The research team fr...

Could probiotics affect brain function?

Posted 5 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

New research from the US has found that women who consumed yoghurt containing probiotic bacteria had an altered brain function to those who did not, as shown in brain scans both at resting state and during an emotion recognition task. ...

Parental dummy sucking may protect infants from allergy

Posted 5 years ago by Lou in General Health News

It is quite a common occurrence for parents to clean their baby’s dummy by sucking on it - and recent research has found that this simple act may actually help to prevent childhood asthma and eczema. Read on to find out more. The stu...

Certain type of bacteria found to aid weight loss

Posted 5 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

BBC News has reported this morning a story about Akkermansia muciniphila, a bacteria found to dramatically alter the health of obese mice.  This species of bacteria seemingly has the potential to reverse obesity and Type-2 diabetes. &n...

Maternal gut bacteria may transfer straight to newborn

Posted 5 years ago by Lou in General Health News

It is well known that certain maternal characteristics are passed onto the newborn, and new research supports the inclusion of bacteria passing from mother to newborn baby. Presented at the 7th International Yakult Symposium, the ...

Roller derby gives insight into transfer of microbes

Posted 5 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

Who knew that roller derby players could provide us with such insight into the way in which bacteria passes from person to person!  A study from the University of Oregon and published last month in a peer review journal, set out to exa...

Gut bacteria linked to obesity & bad breath

Posted 5 years ago by Lou in General Health News

Ever wondered what your breath really says about you? Well, according to some very recent research, the characteristics of a person’s breath may reveal how susceptible they are to gaining weight. Analysing the breath of 792 participa...

6 myths about probiotics explained

Posted 5 years ago by Lou in General Health News

There are so many probiotic supplements on the market today that it can be very difficult to find the best product to suit your individual needs. Below is a discussion on how best to debunk some of the most common misconceptions regarding p...

Probiotics may combat antibiotic-resistant pathogens

Posted 5 years ago by Lou in General Health News

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are becoming an increasingly large problem, and according to Professor Dame Sally Davies (the government’s chief medical officer in England), this danger should be added to the list of potential threats t...

Seaweed bacteria nasal spray?

Posted 5 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

A bacterial species commonly found on seaweed may soon be utilised in nasal sprays to treat blocked sinuses and sinusitis. Bacillus licheniformis has been found to destroy the biofilms of bacteria that can form in blocked sinuses....

Saccharomyces boulardii alleviates symptoms of diarrhoea

Posted 5 years ago by Lou in General Health News

The therapeutic use of Saccharomyces boulardii in the treatment of diarrhoea has been researched and validated in a number of scientific studies, and a recent human trial has released results that further strengthen this...

C-section babies at higher risk of allergies

Posted 5 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

The health benefits of a natural birth for newborn babies is starting to become more apparent, as new research reveals that Caesarean born babies are at higher risk of developing allergies in later life. A natural vaginal birth exposes bab...

Faecal transplants fight C.diff

Posted 5 years ago by Lou in General Health News

The results of a new study from the Netherlands support the idea that faecal transplants in humans are significantly more effective at treating C. difficile infections than antibiotics. Recurrent C. diff infections are notoriously hard to t...

Could gut bacteria contribute to colic?

Posted 5 years ago by Lou in General Health News

The exact factors which cause colic in babies remain unknown, but recent research suggests that gut bacteria may play a key role.The new study involved looking at the stools of 24 infants over the first 100 days of their life to determine c...

Could prebiotics help to tackle obesity?

Posted 5 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

Prebiotics, the non-digestible fibres which feed the body's good bacteria, could help to rectify dysbiosis; a common condition amongst overweight and obese people.  A review published in the British Journal of Nutrition agreed with pr...

Gut bacteria may influence autoimmunity

Posted 5 years ago by Lou in General Health News

According to new research, early exposure to sex hormones and certain types of gut bacteria may have strong effects on the development of autoimmune conditions such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, which are particularly...

Coffee and Probiotics - the Low Down.

Posted 5 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

For those of you who follow closely tweets about probiotics (can't just be me... can it?) you'll know that coffee has been the latest buzz word to grace probiotic tweeters' keyboards. Why? Well, mainly because a company in the US has come o...

Gut bacteria may protect against stroke

Posted 5 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

Some recent research has found that there may be an association between altered gut bacteria and the occurrence of atherosclerosis and stroke. Researchers compared a group of healthy subjects with a group of stroke patients and found some ...

How to detox this new year

Posted 5 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

It is that time of the year again when we have all enjoyed the festive season a bit more than we should have (Yes too much of a good thing can be bad for us unfortunately). Many of us have woken with a fuzzy head, a bloated belly and a case...

Understanding worldwide C.diff spread

Posted 5 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

C. difficile epidemics have emerged as a leading cause of worldwide antibiotic- associated diarrhoea in the past ten years. The present study aimed to identify and track the genetic code of C.difficile strains taken from hospital ...

Probiotics may help reduce eczema

Posted 5 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

Researchers from South Korea believe that the daily supplementation of probiotics may help to reduce eczema in children. Eczema, also known atopic dermatitis, is a common inflammatory skin condition believed to effect approximately 10-20% o...

Probiotics may increase fat loss

Posted 5 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

Some exciting new research has found that daily consumption of yogurt for six weeks containing probiotic strains of Lactobacillus amylovorus or Lactobacillus fermentum, has been associated with a significant reduction in body fat mass. The...

Probiotics Prevent C. difficile Diarrhoea

Posted 5 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

Some encouraging new research has found that patients at risk of Clostridium difficile associated diarrhoea (CDAD), have a 66% lower rate of infection when receiving prophylactic, or preventative probiotic treatment. A meta- analysis ...

OptiBac: Any 2 for 10% Off + Additional Offers!

Posted 5 years ago by Kimmy in Upcoming Events

From today to this Thrusday (15 Nov), purchase any 2 of the OptiBac products can get 10% off + additional offers!*   Only available at the Wellness Centre... Don't miss it!! * Terms & Conditions Apply Central 中環 3/F &...

For daily wellbeing EXTRA- strength strains reduce side effects of antibiotic use

Posted 5 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

A new study, yet to be fully published, has revealed that four of the strains found in For daily wellbeing EXTRA Strength, including Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM®, Bifidobacterium lactis Bl-04, Bifidobacterium lactis Bi-07, and L...

Cancer and Complementary Medicine talk at IMI

Posted 5 years ago by James in Upcoming Events

On November 27th, Integrated Medicine Institute (IMI) is hosting a talk about complementary therapy and cancer. Dr Rigo P. Alberigo, a specialist in Homotoxicology for chronic illnesses, will be explaining how complementary medicine can hel...

Probiotics may help reduce cholesterol

Posted 5 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

New research has revealed that probiotic supplementation may reduce cholesterol (LDL-C) levels and minimise cholesterol carrying molecules in the bloodstream. Researchers from the McGill University Faculty of Medicine wanted to understand ...

Faecal transplants may eradicate C. difficile

Posted 5 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

Researchers have identified a combination of six probiotic bacteria that may help to eradicate Clostridium difficile, a common noscomial infection causing diarrhoea and in 2011 C. difficile contributed to more than 2,000 deaths in the U.K. ...

Probiotics may reduce constipation during pregnancy

Posted 5 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

Constipation is a common complaint for pregnant women with as many as 40% suffering with the condition according to NHS statistics. However, a new pilot study undertaken by the University of Amsterdam, has revealed that probiotic supplement...

Prebiotics may help Short Bowel Syndrome

Posted 5 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

New research suggests that a combination of prebiotics and probiotics could help sufferers of Short Bowel Syndrome (SBS). The new study, published in the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, investigated whether the supplementation ...

Probiotics and natural immunity

Posted 5 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

Winter is now on the horizon which means a heightened period of activity for all of our immune systems as we try to cope with the cold and flu season. But can probiotics help with boosting our natural immunity? US researchers certainly thi...

Boosting babies microbiota with breast milk

Posted 5 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

According to new research, babies which consume breast milk rather than infant formulas have a different and more beneficial set of gut bacteria. Dr Parker and his associates explored how the way in which infants were fed may affect the dev...

Gut microbiota and diabetes could be linked

Posted 5 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

New research has revealed a strong correlation between the composition of a person’s gut microbiota and type 2 diabetes. Meta-genomic data from a study carried out by European and Chinese scientists has revealed that people with type ...

Probiotics may improve athlete's gut health

Posted 5 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

There is some exciting new research which suggests that probiotics may have significant effects on boosting gut health in athletes. Many athletes, especially those doing endurance sports, show a high prevalence of digestive complaints such ...

Bacteria used to create synthetic human milk

Posted 5 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

Prebiotic fibres known as oligosaccharides, which are prevalent in breast milk, are fundamental in developing a baby’s gut microbiota and strengthening their immunity. Currently, not much is known about the hundreds of different human...

Gut bacteria and fat absorption may be linked

Posted 5 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

New research has revealed that a person's gut microbiota may play a significant role in calorie and fat absorption. A discovery that may have huge implications in how we treat malnutrition and obesity, as well as other metabolic diseases. R...

Antibiotic treatment at a young age may affect weight in later life

Posted 6 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

US researchers have discovered that infants under six months of age that receive antibiotic treatment are more likely to be heavier in later life. The researchers, from the New York University School of Medicine, studied 11,532 infants to ...

Bifidobacteria may help babies digest breast milk better

Posted 6 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

New research, carried out at the University of California, has revealed that specific strains of probiotic bacteria may help babies extract more nutrition from breast milk than previously understood. Breast milk is amazingly intricate, not...

OptiBac Probiotics Vegetarian Society Approved

Posted 6 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

We're very happy to announce that the Vegetarian Society have approved our entire probiotic range as suitable for vegetarians. The Vegetarian Society is an independent and educational charity who work constructively, with businesses, gove...

S boulardii may reduce duration of acute infectious diarrhoea

Posted 6 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

Acute infectious diarrhoea is a worldwide health problem, often a common cause of death in developing countries and one of the highest causes of infant mortality worldwide. A recent systematic review and meta-analysis of the use o...

Are babies born with a gutful of bacteria?

Posted 6 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

New and groundbreaking evidence suggests that the development of a child's gut microbiota may actually begin in the womb. Previously, it was believed that the womb was a sterile environment and that a child’s first contact with bacter...

Pharmaceuticals 62,000 times more lethal than Food Supplements.

Posted 6 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

A new report from the Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH-Intl) has found that adverse reactions to pharmaceutical drugs are 62,000 more likely to kill a UK citizen than adverse reactions to consuming a food supplement.  Th...

Nature publishes results of $173 million study into human microbes

Posted 6 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

The highly respected and influential journal, Nature yesterday published the results of a vast study into the microbes (bacteria, fungi and viruses) found in and upon the human body.  The Human Microbiome Project analysed an impressiv...

Early gut bacteria linked to happiness in adulthood

Posted 6 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

Scientists from the University College Cork (UCC) have discovered a link between brain levels of serotonin, the “happy” hormone responsible for the regulation of mood and emotion, and the amount of bacteria in the gut during ear...

Gut bacteria linked to arthritis

Posted 6 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

New research from the U.S has found that rheumatoid arthritis, and other auto-immune diseases, may be triggered by certain bacterial changes in our gut. The team of researchers from Mayo Clinic and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champ...

B vitamins may reduce the risk of stroke

Posted 6 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

A large meta-analysis involving 47,921 people has revealed that supplementation of B vitamins may reduce the risk of stroke. B vitamins are believed to reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood, an amino acid reported to increase the risk ...

Caesarean-born children more likely to be obese

Posted 6 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

Children delivered via Caesarean section have been found to be twice as likely to become obese than children delivered naturally.1 A team of American researchers, from the Children's Hospital Boston, Massachusetts, believe that the gut...

Probiotics reduce risk of antibiotic-associated diarrhoea

Posted 6 years ago by Charlie in General Health News

A US based non-profit institution has just published, in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), their evidence for the positive effects of the consumption of probiotics against the risk of diarrhoea whilst on antibiotic tre...

Could probiotics make you sexier? Part 2

Posted 6 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

Following last week's controversial news (reported in the Daily Mail, ABC News and LiveScience.com ) that probiotics were found in a small study to make mice 'sexier', I thought I'd take a quick afternoon survey of some of the team at OptiB...

Could probiotics make you sexier?

Posted 6 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

Apparently so, if you’re a mouse. Last year, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T) devised a study to better understand the effects that probiotics may have in weight loss and obesity. A previous study publi...

Probiotics could cut costs for poultry industry

Posted 6 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

Probiotic supplementation in young chickens may help reduce lameness, a leading cause of mortality in broilers (young chickens) and a significant economic concern for the poultry industry. Researchers at the University of Arkansas have disc...

OptiBac Probiotics in Hello! magazine

Posted 6 years ago by Jacob in OptiBac in the Press

Wedding bells soon to be ringing?  This week's Hello! magazine features The 'I Do' Diet; where editor Nadine Baggott asks top nutritionist Ian Marber for tips for brides to be.  Ian shares his top tips for a flat tummy, and quite ...

Natural Products Europe Show 2012

Posted 6 years ago by Soraya in OptiBac in the Press

Jalal, Norman, Farah, Steve and I had a fantastic time at the Natural and Organic Products Show at Olympia in Kensington on Sunday and Monday.  A big thank you to the show's organisers for a brilliant show, and an even better after par...

Prebiotics could aid mineral absorption

Posted 6 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

A new study, published in the Journal of Food Science, suggests that the supplementation of prebiotics can increase the absorption of calcium and magnesium, minerals that are vital to bone health. Researchers noted that a steadily aging glo...

For a flat stomach featured in Spa Secrets Magazine

Posted 6 years ago by Jacob in OptiBac in the Press

We're really chuffed with the latest press appearance of For a flat stomach. Our prebiotic & probiotic formula features in the 'Good Advice' section of the latest Spa Secrets Magazine, under the 'NEW Probiotic Supplements' section. It r...

Probiotics found to benefit honey bees

Posted 6 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

A new study, carried out by Wellesley College, has indentified that the healthiest and most productive honey bee colonies also harbour the most abundent and diverse probiotics in their digestive tracts. The researchers identified four diffe...

Nutrition & Health Claims Regulations Update

Posted 6 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

The UK health foods industry is under threat, as is our freedom to circulate information about natural health.  The Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee, made up of certain Members of the European Parliament (MEP...

New research suggest bacteria communicate by touch

Posted 6 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

A new study from researchers at the University of California Santa Barbara believe that bacteria are able to communicate to each other through touch. The research team studied a strain of uropathogenic E. coli (UPEC), which causes...

Antibiotics alleviate symptoms of schizophrenia

Posted 6 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

A chance discovery in Japan has revealed the potential of an antibiotic as a possible treatment for schizophrenia.  Minocycline, an antibiotic regularly prescribed for acne, is to be tested in the U.K next month in an £1.9 millio...

Positive mentions in Health Food Business mag

Posted 6 years ago by Soraya in OptiBac in the Press

We've had so much glowing feedback as of late that we're just bursting at the seams with joy!  In particular this month's Health Food Business magazine, a trade magazine for independent retailers, features OptiBac Probiotics in the be...

Take action: Stand up for natural health

Posted 6 years ago by Soraya in Press Releases

Your guide to the Nutrition & Health Claims Regulation.    The European Parliament wants to protect consumers like you by stopping manufacturers like us from making confusing or bogus ‘nutritional or health claims[1].&...

Friendly bacteria levels drop at high altitude

Posted 6 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

Exposure to high-altitude conditions is often associated with gastrointestinal disorders, inflammation and lowered immunity. Scientists  believe that these conditions are linked to changes in the balance of the intestinal microbiota. A...

Probiotic benefits last until 4 years of age in infants

Posted 6 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

A new study has revealed that infants exposed to probiotics from 35 weeks gestation up until 2 years of age had a significantly lower risk of developing eczema and rhinoconjunctivitis. The study, published in the journal for Clinical & ...

Probiotics could be used in astronaut nutrition

Posted 6 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

It goes without saying that space travel is fraught with danger, astronauts face numerous health challenges during long durations in space, including diminished immunity, bone loss and an increased risk of radiation-induced carcinogenesis. ...

Probiotics could lower the risk and severity of heart attacks

Posted 6 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

New research has suggested gut microbiota may play a role in determining the risk and severity of heart attacks. Dr John Baker and his team of researchers from the Medical College of Wisconsin, USA, belIeve that the types and levels of bact...

Gut microbiota may play a role in obesity

Posted 6 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

Scientists have indentified a pattern in the composition of the gut microbiota in those with obesity. The new study may deepen our understanding of how the microbial content of our gut may interact with metabolism. The scientists used a com...

For maintaining regularity in Candis Magazine

Posted 6 years ago by Jacob in OptiBac in the Press

Our newest probiotic formula - For maintaining regularity - has appeared in the latest issue of Candis Magazine, a womens montly focused on health, family life and a wide selection of other subjects. For maintaining regularity was...

Autistic children have significantly different gut bacteria

Posted 6 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

Autism and gastrointestinal problems are often closely associated, for reasons unknown to medical science. A new study, conducted by Brent Williams and colleagues from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, has revealed...

Probiotic gum shown to reduce severity of bad breath

Posted 6 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

The use of probiotics for digestive health is becoming increasingly established in the mainstream, but a body of evidence is also growing for probiotics and oral health applications. New research, from a group of Danish scientis...

New research strengthens evidence of a link between bacteria and obesity

Posted 6 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

New research has revealed further evidence that the bacteria that lives in people's large intestine may play a role in obesity. Researchers believe that the bacteria of the large intestine may slow down the activity of the "good" kind of fa...

Scientific Review published on 'Lacidofil' Probiotic

Posted 6 years ago by Soraya in General Health News, in OptiBac in the Press

Probiotic formula 'Lacidofil' has been the focus of a comprehensive review[1] published this month in the Journal 'Beneficial Microbes'. As Natural Products Insider[2] reported yesterday, this review concluded immune health benefits from bo...

Scientific Review published on 'Lacidofil' Probiotic

Posted 6 years ago by Soraya in General Health News, in OptiBac in the Press

Probiotic formula 'Lacidofil' has been the focus of a comprehensive review[1] published this month in the Journal 'Beneficial Microbes'. As Natural Products Insider[2] reported yesterday, this review concluded immune health benefits from bo...

OptiBac Probiotics in the Daily Express

Posted 6 years ago by Soraya in General Health News, in OptiBac in the Press

We're delighted to see our 'For a flat stomach' Probiotic & Prebiotic in today's health section of the Daily Express.  Our best-selling product is mentioned under 'Just the tonic...', where it states, "Poor digestion can cause a bl...

OptiBac Probiotics in the Daily Express

Posted 6 years ago by Soraya in General Health News, in OptiBac in the Press

We're delighted to see our 'For a flat stomach' Probiotic & Prebiotic in today's health section of the Daily Express.  Our best-selling product is mentioned under 'Just the tonic...', where it states, "Poor digestion can cause a bl...

Superbug Clostridium difficile could be cured by faecal transplants

Posted 6 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

BBC News covered an article yesterday on a new procedure to combat Clostridium difficile disease.  The thought of a faecal transplant may be shocking and hugely offputting, but it could turn out to be the answer to this deadly bacteria...

Our EXTRA Strength Probiotic in Top Sante for vaginal health

Posted 6 years ago by Soraya in General Health News, in OptiBac in the Press

The January issue of Top Sante magazine sees a mention of our premium probiotic in the Health Clinic section! Natural health expert and writer Jane Alexander answered a question about vaginal irritation experienced by a reader when she use...

Our EXTRA Strength Probiotic in Top Sante for vaginal health

Posted 6 years ago by Soraya in General Health News, in OptiBac in the Press

The January issue of Top Sante magazine sees a mention of our premium probiotic in the Health Clinic section! Natural health expert and writer Jane Alexander answered a question about vaginal irritation experienced by a reader when she use...

Probiotic ice cream shows potential in lowering tooth decay

Posted 6 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

Giving children ice cream to prevent tooth decay may sound like an oxymoron but a new study has revealed that ice cream supplemented with probiotics may do just that. The study carried out at the College of Dental Sciences and Research in M...

For a flat stomach featured in the Health Science Institute newsletter

Posted 6 years ago by Jacob in OptiBac in the Press

Christmas is a time of indulgence and extravagance but for some this comes at a price - the discomfort of a bloated gut. This is the focus of the new Health Science Institute newsletter which recommends For a flat stomach as a means of supp...

Antibiotics overprescribed to meet patient's expectations

Posted 6 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

A large poll by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has found that half of patients visiting their doctor with respiratory infections still expect to be prescribed an antibiotic.  It seems that GPs are all too often succumbing to pressu...

Probiotics Protect Intestine in Mice

Posted 6 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

A new study from the University of Washington School of Medicine suggests probiotics could be given prior to to radiation therapy, in order to protect the intestine from damage.  Damage to the intestines is common in cancer patients re...

Our travel probiotic in Bodyfit magazine

Posted 6 years ago by Soraya in General Health News, in OptiBac in the Press

Our very own For travelling abroad is recommended in the brand new December issue of Bodyfit magazine! The magazine's Health Files section includes a feature piece entitled '6 things you never knew about your gut' by health write Alex Gazzo...

Our travel probiotic in Bodyfit magazine

Posted 6 years ago by Soraya in General Health News, in OptiBac in the Press

Our very own For travelling abroad is recommended in the brand new December issue of Bodyfit magazine! The magazine's Health Files section includes a feature piece entitled '6 things you never knew about your gut' by health write Alex Gazzo...

Calcium may enhance probiotic survivability and lower cholesterol

Posted 6 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

A new study with humans has revealed that a combination of calcium phosphate and Lactobacillus paracasei LPC37 - found in For daily wellbeing EXTRA Strength - may enhance the survivability and colonisation of the probiotic in the gut, as we...

Probiotics could influence your ability to break down carbohydrates

Posted 6 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

A new study published in 'Science Translational Medicine' found that mice given yoghurt containing 5 probiotic strains showed altered enzyme expression, in particular an increase in enzymes that metabolise carbohydrates in the body.  T...

For a flat stomach wins Best Probiotic Platinum Award

Posted 6 years ago by Jacob in OptiBac in the Press

We are very proud to announce that For a flat stomach has won the "Best Probiotic" award from natural health guru Janey Lee Grace at the 2011 Platinum Awards. For a flat stomach was amongst stiff competition and underwent detailed scrutiny ...

An army marches on its gut

Posted 6 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

Probiotics may soon be apart of Australian army ration packs in an attempt to modernise soldiers' diets on frontline operations. The redeveloped packs will offer eight different menus to soldiers including; Chicken Vindaloo and Spaghetti Bo...

Maybe not all sugar is so bad?

Posted 6 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

A potentially prebiotic sugar, extracted from buckwheat, may help control healthy blood sugar levels, Spanish researchers have revealed. The sugar called D-fagomine was associated with blunting blood sugar level spikes when ingested with su...

Certain vegetables & grains show prebiotic potential

Posted 6 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

A study has been prepublished in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, as part of an international team of researchers' efforts to investigate the potential 'prebiotic' effects of oligosaccharides extracted from certain vegetables...

Probiotics could be used to clean NHS Hospitals

Posted 7 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

Probiotic cleaning products have already started to appear on our supermarket shelves and now they could be heading to our hospitals. A new study has found that probiotic cleaning agents can reduce bad bacteria by 1,000 fold compared with...

Could probiotics reduce the risk of complications in pregnancy?

Posted 7 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

The regular consumption of probiotics has been linked in a large study to a reduced risk of pre-eclampsia during pregnancy. A new study undertaken by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health found that the regular consumption of milk-based ...

Prebiotic enhanced bread could soon be in your lunchbox

Posted 7 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

An awareness of the health benefits of prebiotics, such as FOS, is increasing amongst consumers and so too is the demand for more prebiotic enriched products, such as bread. Until now it has been a challenging task to incorporate prebiotic ...

For maintaining regularity probiotic shown to increase immunity

Posted 7 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

A newly published trial in the British Journal of Nutrition has found that the supplementation of Bifidobacterium lactis BB-12®, found in For maintaining regularity, can increase the body's IgG3 antibody levels by 66%. The study, carrie...

For maintaining regularity featured in Fife Today

Posted 7 years ago by Jacob in OptiBac in the Press

For maintaining regularity was featured in Fife Today courtesy of a column written by Keren Brynes MacLean, a Member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists. In her column Keren discusses the prevalence of people who suffer with con...

Diet linked to individual gut microbiota

Posted 7 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

A study published online yesterday in the journal Science suggested that the foods one eats may well determine the types of bacteria living in the gut. Earlier this year researchers found that a person's gut microflora is dominated by one ...

Could probiotics reduce anxiety & depression?

Posted 7 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

A new placebo-controlled trial from University College Cork, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has shown the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus JB-1 to significantly reduce stress, anxiety and depression-relat...

EXTRA Strength Probiotic in the Daily Mail's You magazine

Posted 7 years ago by Soraya in OptiBac in the Press

Our For daily wellbeing EXTRA Strength probiotic was featured in You magazine this weekend, in Sarah Stacey's Health Notes. Sarah wrote an article called 'A Gut reaction to Good Digestion', featuring the top London nutritionist Gudrun Jonss...

For daily wellbeing EXTRA Strength is an award nominee - please vote!

Posted 7 years ago by Jacob in OptiBac in the Press

We're very proud to announce that our For daily wellbeing EXTRA Strength probiotic has been nominated for the 'Best Supplement or Herb Product 2011' in the Your Healthy Living Product Awards. The awards competition is run by Your Healthy Li...

For travelling abroad featured in Natural Health Magazine

Posted 7 years ago by Jacob in OptiBac in the Press

OptiBac Probiotics For travelling abroad got a mention in this month's Natural Health Magazine. For travelling abroad featured in the "6 things you never knew about digestion" article where it was cited as being an effective solution to avo...

For daily wellbeing EXTRA Strength in Health & Fitness Mag

Posted 7 years ago by Soraya in General Health News, in OptiBac in the Press

We are delighted to be mentioned in the very latest issue of Health & Fitness magazine!  In a feature on 'Stress-proofing' your body, The Food Doctor Ian Marber recommended looking after your digestive system, which can come under ...

For daily wellbeing EXTRA Strength in Health & Fitness Mag

Posted 7 years ago by Soraya in General Health News, in OptiBac in the Press

We are delighted to be mentioned in the very latest issue of Health & Fitness magazine!  In a feature on 'Stress-proofing' your body, The Food Doctor Ian Marber recommended looking after your digestive system, which can come under ...

Our travel probiotic in the Mail on Sunday

Posted 7 years ago by Soraya in OptiBac in the Press

  Today's Mail on Sunday 'Ask the Chemist' feature in the Health section featured our specific probiotic for travel! A reader wrote in saying she was going on holiday soon and was concerned about getting an upset stomach.  Krishn...

Probiotics may help lower cholesterol

Posted 7 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

New research published in the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal, looked at the effects of two Lactobacilli strains on the metabolism and microbiota of rats that were fed high-cholesterol diets. The scientists wanted to stud...

'Gut feeling' may be linked to mental wellbeing

Posted 7 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

Probiotics may not just benefit gastrointestinal health but also mental wellbeing, new research suggests that probiotic modification of the gut may influence the brain and affect mood. These are the findings of research from the Texas Tech ...

OptiBac Probiotic strain found to reduce common cold symptoms

Posted 7 years ago by Jacob in General Health News

The probiotic strain Bifidobacterium lactis Bl-04, found in For daily wellbeing EXTRA Strength, has demonstrated the ability to reduce the incidence, duration and severity of upper respiratory tract illnesses, as well as significantly reduc...

BodyFit Magazine recommends For a flat stomach

Posted 7 years ago by Jacob in OptiBac in the Press

BodyFit Magazine recently ran an article on how to "Get a Bikini Body". The article discussed workouts and diet plans from expert advice and training tips for women that want to shed a few pounds for their holidays. Along with this, they re...

Your Healthy Living Magazine recommends For travelling abroad

Posted 7 years ago by Jacob in OptiBac in the Press

Who doesn't like getting compliments? Probably no-one, and here at OptiBac Probiotics we're no different. We're very happy to say that the writers at Your Healthy Living Magazine certainly know their stuff. In this month's issue they recomm...

Proud to be mentioned in Health Food Business Magazine

Posted 7 years ago by Soraya in OptiBac in the Press

OptiBac Probiotics had a special shout-out in the 'Around the Stores' feature in this month's Health Food Business magazine, with Brenda Smith from the Eighth Day Co-Operative reporting particularly strong sales of our probiotics range, tha...

For a flat stomach featured in Bodyfit Magazine

Posted 7 years ago by Jacob in OptiBac in the Press

Bodyfit magazine's supplement 'Firmer Abs Fast!' featured our For a flat stomach probiotic in a short article titled 'Firm up your tum'. The piece urged health conscious readers; 'Re-balance your digestive system with friendly bacteria and ...

OptiBac Probiotics & the Health Sciences Institute (HSI)

Posted 7 years ago by Jalal in OptiBac in the Press

OptiBac Probiotics For daily wellbeing EXTRA Strength was featured in the HSI UK members' newsletter for April 2011. Dr. Martin Hum's article on hay fever; 'Discover how a cutting-edge new formula can alleviate distressing symptoms', report...

OptiBac Probiotics in the Daily Mail

Posted 7 years ago by Jalal in OptiBac in the Press

OptiBac Probiotics featured in this week's 'Try This' section of the Daily Mail's health pages. 'Treat diarrhoea naturally with OptiBac Probiotics. It contains beneficial bacteria to fight bugs and so restore regular bowel function.' stat...

OptiBac Probiotics recommended in this weeks Woman Magazine

Posted 7 years ago by Soraya in OptiBac in the Press

Nutritional expert and columnist Ian Marber, a.k.a The Food Doctor, routinely tackles the digestive ailments of the readers of Woman magazine in his popular weekly column. This week one reader is puzzled by regular bouts of diarrhoea, despi...

Saccharomyces boulardii makes mainstream news

Posted 7 years ago by Soraya in OptiBac in the Press

Here at OptiBac we already know what a great probiotic Saccharomyces boulardii is and it now seems this is slowly catching on in the media too. Today, The Daily Mail ran an article in its Good Health column dedicated to S. boulardii and its...

Mangoes & grapes show prebiotic potential

Posted 7 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

Researchers at the MACS-Agharkar Research Institute (ARI) in India have identified the presence of prebiotics in mangoes and grapes, particularly in one type of Indian mango. Scientists at the ARI looked at 90 fruits and edible plants, over...

For daily wellbeing EXTRA Strength wins in the Natural Lifestyle Awards, as voted by you!

Posted 7 years ago by Soraya in OptiBac in the Press

Our 'For daily wellbeing EXTRA Strength' won Highly Commended in the Best New Product category for the Natural Lifestyle Awards 2010.  We have just received a framed certificate, and are ecstatic to think that members of the public nat...

OptiBac Probiotics recommended in the Fife News

Posted 7 years ago by Soraya in OptiBac in the Press

Keren Brynes MacLean of Health Food & More in  Kirkcaldy, featured OptiBac Probiotics in her weekly column in the Fife News. "There is no doubt that people understand the need for probiotics so much more nowadays thanks to the a...

Our EXTRA Strength Probiotic is recommended by The Food Doctor in Woman Magazine

Posted 7 years ago by Soraya in OptiBac in the Press

The charming Food Doctor advised Christmas Party goers to stay healthy this December with a high quality vitamin and a premium probiotic. Our newest probiotic, For daily wellbeing EXTRA Strength contains 20 billion live microorganisms per d...

For a flat stomach gets five stars in Body Fit Magazine!

Posted 7 years ago by Soraya in OptiBac in the Press

Body Fit Magazine ran a feature on probiotics for its December issue titled, "Tummy Tamers". It reviewed several Probiotic products that target bloating and other belly bothers that can get in the way of a good work-out and general day-to-d...

OptiBac 'For daily wellbeing' probiotic strains show potential against stress-related conditions

Posted 7 years ago by Soraya in OptiBac in the Press

Lactobacillus acidophilus Rosell-52 and Bifidobacterium longum Rosell-175, two of the probiotics in For daily wellbeing, showed beneficial effects in a new study on gut health and stress.  Published in the British Journal of Nutrition,...

EFSA Rejects more Probiotic Health Claims

Posted 7 years ago by Soraya in OptiBac in the Press

Yesterday saw further rejections to the health claims of probiotics, notably the rejection of a dossier from a popular probiotic drink which was put forward to claim that the particular product boosts immunity.  The European Food Safet...

OptiBac Probiotics at the Camexpo 2010

Posted 7 years ago by Soraya in OptiBac in the Press

Our probiotic range went down a storm at the Camexpo this weekend.  Of course Nutritionists, Kinesiologists, Naturopaths, Herbalists, and Homeopaths alike were impressed by the high quality, strain-specific, great value probiotic range...

OptiBac Probiotics trialled by the National Candida Society

Posted 7 years ago by Soraya in OptiBac in the Press

The National Candida Society today published the results of a trial on OptiBac Probiotics For daily wellbeing and OptiBac Probiotics For bowel calm. 12 people were given both of these probiotics on a daily basis for the period of one month,...

OptiBac Probiotics in Recognise

Posted 7 years ago by Soraya in OptiBac in the Press

Recognise magazine ran a feature this month called 'What Supp?' - a guide to staying young and healthy with the right natural supplements, written by Dr. Ayan Panja. Take it from Dr. Ayan; 'Our guts contain 80% of our immune system, so it's...

Travel Health Advice

Posted 8 years ago by Soraya in Press Releases

Exotic travel destinations such as India, Mexico, and Egypt gain popularity year upon year.  OptiBac Probiotics has compiled a quick list of travelling tips and information.  Read our advice for your travel health, safety & co...

OptiBac Probiotics are the official Probiotic Suppliers for Team Wales!

Posted 8 years ago by Soraya in OptiBac in the Press

Team Wales will set off for this year's Commonwealth Games in Delhi with a gut full of good bacteria - helping all of the athletes and support staff to avoid Delhi Belly! OptiBac are proud to be the official probiotic suppliers for the whol...

OptiBac Probiotics For a flat stomach in Women's Fitness Magazine

Posted 8 years ago by Soraya in OptiBac in the Press

Women's Fitness featured our probiotic & prebiotic, For a flat stomach, in their Healthy Choices section this month. 'Trapped wind, food intolerance and even stress can all stop you from getting that flat tummy, regardless of whether or...

Nutrition and Health Claims Regulations Update - Feedback from Rt Hon Lord Rooker

Posted 8 years ago by Soraya in OptiBac in the Press

In response to our letters of concern regarding the pending Nutrition and Health Claims Regulations, the team at OptiBac Probiotics has now received feedback from our respective MPs, with their responses from Rt Hon Lord Jeff Rooker, Chair ...

Sir George Young MP responds to Regulatory Threats to the Natural Health Products Industry

Posted 8 years ago by Soraya in OptiBac in the Press

This morning we were thrilled to receive a positive letter back from our MP, Sir George Young, after we wrote to him about our concerns with the European Food Supplements Directive, which threatens to restrict freedom of choice for consumer...

Prima Magazine: Become a probiotic pro! With OptiBac For travelling abroad

Posted 8 years ago by Soraya in OptiBac in the Press

This month's Prima magazine featured '10 Simple Changes to Improve Your Health.' In at number 9 was 'Become a probiotic pro', where the wise Dr Adam Carey said 'Although a general probiotic will help maintain good digestion and immunity, ta...

The Irish Daily Star's Star Chic Magazine

Posted 8 years ago by Soraya in OptiBac in the Press

This week's magazine featured OptiBac Probiotics in the 'Chic Health News' feature. The article mentioned that OptiBac is available in both capsule and sachet form, and noted some of the product names, including "our fave, For a flat stomac...

'Probiotic Health Claims Rejected by EFSA' - Not so simple!

Posted 8 years ago by Soraya in Press Releases

Matters of the EFSA, health claims, and probiotics have seen extensive recent press coverage, and in some cases articles seem to have misrepresented the course of events, adding a negative spin. The team at OptiBac Probiotics therefore want...

OptiBac Probiotics For your child's health decreases the risk of common childhood infections by about 25%

Posted 9 years ago by Soraya in Press Releases

Results of a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study of OptiBac Probiotics' synbiotic unveiled. OptiBac Probiotics is proud to announce the results of a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study conducted to ev...

Lifelong prebiotic supplementation may extend lifespan by over 30%

Posted 10 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

A French animal study at the Université Henri Poincare Nancy I that fed rats the prebiotics inulin and oligofructose (FOS) showed not only increased survival rates in the prebiotic group, but also lower body weight, cholesterol and p...

Probiotic supplements may help alcoholics

Posted 10 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

A small study at the University College London which gave Lactobacillus casei to patients with alcoholic cirrhosis found probiotics to restore neutrophil (white blood cell) function in people with alcoholic cirrhosis.  At the end of th...

Effect of Lactobacillus acidophilus probiotic supernatants on body weight and leptin expression in rats

Posted 10 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

A study by Sousa et al at the University of Georgia, Athens, found that rats that had been given the probiotic acidophilus showed weight loss when compared to rats that had not been administered with the friendly bacteria.  Administrat...

Probiotics may alleviate gut problems amongst people with HIV and AIDS

Posted 10 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

In the first, small study on benefits of probiotics on the quality of life for people with HIV/AIDS, Canadian and Nigerian researchers found that occurrence of diarrhoea, flatulence and nausea was resolved in all participants receiving prob...

Can probiotics ease stress-related gut problems?

Posted 10 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

A double-blind study by leading probiotic firm, Institut Rosell Lallemand, randomly assigned either probiotics or placebos to 75 volunteers between the ages of 18 and 60.  The group receiving the probiotics Lactobacillus acidophilus Ro...

Digestion products set to overtake products for heart health

Posted 10 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

An article in New Nutrition Business predicted that probiotics and antioxidants will see healthy new growth this year, but that the market for heart health has been and gone.  Julian Mellentin described heart health as “one of th...

Probiotic and prebiotic combination can improve anti-oxidative activity

Posted 10 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

A mixture of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium probiotics as well as oligofructose prebiotics was associated with a reduction in the oxidation of LDL, linked to the hardening of the arteries.  Results from this EU and MicroFunction Pro...

The role of probiotics in paediatrics

Posted 10 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

A conference on probiotics sponsored by Nestle told paediatricians to keep themselves informed of research on probiotics. Martin Martin MD, a paediatrics professor at the David Geffen University in Los Angeles highlighted the rise of allerg...

Probiotic and prebiotic supplements preventing eczema in infants

Posted 10 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

Using data covering over 2,000 infants and 12 studies, Australian researchers reported that probiotics such as Lactobacillus rhamnosus, and the prebiotics GOS and FOS showed benefits for a range of allergic diseases and food reactions. ...

Prebiotics may help prevent adolescent weight gain

Posted 11 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

A study at the Baylor College of Medicine and published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that during puberty especially, imbalance between energy intake and expenditure can cause weight gain and possible obesity.  The study, involvin...

Probiotics reduce incidence of Salmonella in pigs, leading to safer pork products

Posted 11 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

Researchers from the UK’s Veterinary Laboratories Agency in Weybridge used a special technique based on NASA space technology, growing pieces of pig gut in a 3D matrix to replicate the environment inside a pig’s gut.  Follo...

The role of a probiotics mixture in the treatment of childhood constipation: a pilot study

Posted 11 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

This study by Bekkali et al examined the effects of probiotics such as Bifidobacteria bifidum, Bifidobacteria infantis and Lactobacillus rhamnosus in children aged 4-16 years with constipation.  The study found an increase in frequency...

Probiotics could greatly improve the health of premature babies

Posted 11 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

An Australian meta-analysis including over 1000 infants and various probiotic supplements found a reduced risk of necrotising enterocolitis in children given probiotics, as well as a 53% reduction in the risk of mortality.  Necrotising...

Synbiotics (both probiotics and prebiotics) reduce risk of colon cancer

Posted 11 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

A large, EU sponsored study found that a mix of prebiotics and probiotics acutely altered the composition of colonic bacterial ecosystems, and could thereby decrease the numbers of cancer-promoting bacteria.  The amount of Clostridium ...

Combination of probiotics and prebiotics (synbiotic) in infant formula = the future of infant formulas?

Posted 11 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

A study sponsored by Nestle found formula containing the probiotic Bifidobacterium longum and prebiotics GOS and FOS to be completely safe, and beneficial to the health of infants.  The study involved 138 infants who received either th...

Prebiotics could reduce artery hardening and boost heart health

Posted 11 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

Researchers from the Auvergne Human Nutrition Research Centre reported that mice given prebiotics in the form of either long-chain inulin or an oligofructose-enriched inulin showed significantly reduced levels of triacylglycerol and 30 less...

Prebiotics in formula could cut infections in infants

Posted 11 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

Healthy infants given formula with the prebiotics GOS and FOS had 9.6% lower incidence of recurring  infections than infants given formula without prebiotics.  Researchers from Milan, Rotterdam and Germany reported that the infant...

Prebiotics reduce childhood infections and illness

Posted 11 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

A study at the Université René Descartes, Paris, recruited 35 healthy children and gave them either a supplement of the prebiotic oligofructose, or a maltodextrin placebo for 21 days.  Children in the prebiotic group had ...

Health aspects of probiotics - a review by Arthur Ouwehand & Satu Vesterland

Posted 14 years ago by Soraya in General Health News

This review on the health benefits of probiotics in humans noted benefits in taking probiotic supplements, particularly to prevent or relieve diarrhoea; to relieve lactose intolerance; and to enhance the immune system.  It stated that ...