Can Probiotics Help Overcome the Effects of Coronavirus?

Breaking News: Possible Oral-Fecal Route of Transmission
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Microbiome Nexus

Coronovirus is a virus that causes infection of the nose, sinuses and upper throat. Normally coronaviruses are not life threatening. As we are witnessing with the outbreak in China, some coronaviruses are indeed health threatening.

Several studies have looked at different probiotics’ effects on coronavirus. Chai et al. (2013) found that Enterococcus faecium cells trapped viral particles from transmissible gastroenteritis virus in vitro. Lactobacillus plantarum and Lactobacillus salivarius strains inhibited transmissible gastroenteritis coronavirus in cells in vitro (Kumar et al., 2010). Three other Lactobacilli strains were also effective in inhibiting transmissible gastroenteritis virus in vitro as well (ChangChun et al., 2013).

While there is no current antiviral agent effective against the latest coronavirus outbreak, data exists to suggest that various strains of probiotics may help lessen the infection and transmission rate within one’s own body.  The implication of this would be a less severe infection. …

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Important Microbes Associated with Obesity

Introduction In 2016, a scientific article published in The Lancet put forth the shocking finding that the numbers of obese people now outnumber those that are under-weight. Further, health risks associated with obesity are among the leading causes of death. While there are many ways that fat accumulation can be influenced, one of the more recent areas that has …

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Kefir vs. Yogurt: What’s the Difference?

Originally published October 20, 2017 The other day my wife brought home single serve “yogurt” containers. When I looked again at the packaging, I noticed they were labeled “Kefir,” not yogurt. It got me wondering, what’s the difference between yogurt and kefir?  Kefir involves a milk being fermented at room temperature using kefir grains (the mother culture). This …

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