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Welcome to Mostly Microbes and Infectious Diseases. David Ojcius posts newspaper and journal articles in the broad field of microbiology.

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What Are Prebiotics And How Do They Work?

And how do #prebiotics differ from #probiotics? Experts weigh in on how these trendy supplements may influence your well-being. #microbiota #microbiome #bacteria #prebiotic #probiotic Browse the aisles of any health food store or drugstore, and you’re likely to find prebiotic supplements. They’re packaged as powders, gummies, pills and drinks and claim to improve digestion, boost the immune system, lower blood sugar and more. According to Grand View Research, a market researc

Fiber is better for immunity than probiotics

293 people all receiving similar #immunotherapy for skin cancer showed no significant immune boost from taking a probiotic. But eating a #diet rich in #fiber (#prebiotics) was correlated to survival. PROBIOTICS ARE BIG business — they are the third most common supplement, after vitamins and minerals. Some formulas are touted as being good for digestion and the immune system, and they are particularly popular with people worried about immunity. But a new survey of dietary habi

Prebiotics vs Probiotics

Gut health & #microbiota experts often preach about the importance of #probiotic foods, like kimchi, sauerkraut & yogurt. But maybe we should be focusing on something else instead: #prebiotics, which feed the #probiotics in the gut.

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