Dr Sandrine Claus on 'The Gut Stuff'

What is the difference between probiotics and prebiotics?

To understand the difference, we can consider probiotics as ‘renting’ health and prebiotics as ‘buying the house’. Getting them from our food, rather than supplements, increases the likelihood that our good gut bacteria will get exactly what it needs to thrive.    

Does having a healthy gut make you skinny? 

Dr Sandrine Claus tells us that no one knows what a healthy gut looks like, not yet anyway. The search is still on for the ‘golden poo’, or the perfect combination of bacteria in the gut. 

Effect of bacterial metabolites on the gut

On the 23-26 of March 2017, Francois Blachier from the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) spoke about how slight differences in the structure of bacterial metabolites may result in different significant effects on the gut cells.

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Is porridge really that good for you?

Microbiome research is hitting the headlines in Ireland!

A cork-based research institute, APC Microbiome, compared oat beta glucans to plant stanol esters. While both reduced cholesterol levels in mice, oats also helped keep body weight down and benefited the gut microbiota.

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Nutraceuticals Europe Summit & Expo

Yolanda Sanz spoke about the role of the microbiome in the obesity epidemic in a Round Table in the Nutraceuticals Europe Summit & Expo in Madrid on 22-23 February 2017.

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Examining the secret to happiness, it may be in our gut!

The secret to happiness may lie within — in your microbiome! The APC Microbiome Institute in Cork has already shown how taking a probiotic daily can reduce stress and improve memory.

In a recent study they tested prebiotics, found naturally in fermented foods, fresh vegetables, and foods high in fibre, and found similarly positive effects on stress. Nurturing your gut bacteria could change the way your brain functions!

An Irish news outlet covered the topic in their online article here