NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
April 18, 2018
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that higher cholesterol levels in individuals older than 85 years has been linked to a reduced risk for marked cognitive decline? The authors of the study in the March issue of Alzheimer's and Dementia emphatically state that statin medication in this age group is counterproductive.

Foods and beverages come and go. Manufacturers frequently change their ingredients. This is why we continually update our Natural Foods Shopping List. The newest update is available for paid NCI Well Connect Members below.

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie
Why We Need Long-Term Probiotics
Bonnie and Steve: A study from the March issue of European Journal Clinical Nutritionproves why many of us require long-term probiotic supplementation. 

The study did not find long-lasting changes to gut microbiota after probiotic supplementation, which should not surprise us. Our daily lifestyles consist of constant stress, exposure to bacterial and viral insults and toxins, fluctuations in diet (for example alcohol, refined carbohydrates, sugar, and unhealthy fats), and medication intake (especially antibiotics), to name a few.

Gut microbiota is highly sensitive, so all of these factors create huge variances in gut flora balance depending on the day, week, month, or year. This is why we have to consistently present healthy flora in the form of fiber, prebiotics, and supplemental probiotics, as much as possible. The study confirms this.

Researchers found evidence for probiotics' role in improving stool consistency, bowel movement, and vaginal lactobacilli concentration in healthy adults for the short-term. This implies that supplementation with probiotics need to be an ongoing process in order to prevent vast gut microbiota changes.

According to the authors, "Even in apparently healthy individuals, changes in diet quality and alcohol intake can significantly affect gut symbiosis. A diet poor in fruit and vegetable intake may not provide the food required for probiotic survival and maintenance. This may explain the constant need for probiotic supplements to maintain gut symbiosis and health."

The team found that probiotic strains of the Bidobacterium and Lactobacillus species were resistant to low pH environments, appearing to have good survival rates. In addition, L. acidophilus, B. longum, and B. infantis demonstrated good resistance to bile salts. 

"Overall, it seems that probiotic supplementation in healthy adults can lead to an increase in the colonization of specific probiotic strains," the authors said. "However, this increase may be transient and return to baseline after supplementation stops."

Need we say more?
Rx for Loneliness
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Spring Cleanse 3-Day Challenge
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Have a happy, healthy day,

Bonnie, Steve, Carolyn, Lilo, Elizabeth, Sharron, and Lori (not pictured)
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