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Prebiotic and probiotic supplementation prevents rhinovirus in bubs

Babies given prebiotics and probiotic supplements have a lower incidence of respiratory tract infections (RTIs), a study shows.

The Finnish research, published in the Journal of Clinical Immunology, found “a significantly lower incidence of RTIs” was detected in infants receiving prebiotics (rate ratio [RR], 0.24; 95% CI, 0.12-0.49; P < .001) or probiotics (RR, 0.50; 95% CI, 0.28-0.90; P = .022) compared with those receiving placebo.  

Also, the incidence of rhinovirus-induced episodes, which comprised 80% of all RTI episodes, was found to be significantly lower in the prebiotic (RR, 0.31; 95% CI, 0.14-0.66; P = .003) and probiotic (RR, 0.49; 95% CI, 0.24-1.00; P = .051) groups compared with the placebo group.

“Gut microbiota modification with specific prebiotics and probiotics might offer a novel and cost-effective means to reduce the risk of rhinovirus infections,” the study authors concluded.

The prebiotics was a equal mixture of galacto-oligosaccharide and polydextrose and the probiotic was Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, ATCC 53103).

Just like oils ain't oils, probiotics ain't probiotics. It is very important to get the right strain, in this case GG ATCC 53103.  The probiotic is Lactobacillus acidophilus (Moro) Hansen and Mocquot and the strain is GG [Gorbach-Goldin]. Source: J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2014 Feb;133(2):405-13.

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Coriolus PSP

trametes versicolor turkey tailCoriolus PSP is a special extract of the spores from the fungus Turkey tail. It’s botanical name is Trametes Versicolor (also known as Coriolus versicolor, or Kawaratake in Japanes, or Yun-Zhi in Chinese). The medicinal plant part is the fruiting body.

The active compounds are known as polysaccharide peptide (PSP) and polysaccharide krestin (PSK).

PSP and PSK have been investigated as adjuvant medicines during chemotherapy and radiation. Studies have found that these immune enhancing polysaccharides enhance quality of life of cancer patients.

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