Becoming a mother is wonderful. The baby’s arrival brings a new dimension to life. Breastfeeding during the first six months of life is highly recommended by the WHO (World Health Organisation) in order to fill the energy and immune needs necessary for the development of child. However, some problems may arise during this period. One of them is mastitis. Indeed, mastitis is the main cause of early weaning. What is mastitis? Mastitis is an inflammatory condition of the breast that can be accompanied by an infection. It is usually unilateral and occurs for 6 weeks after birth (although it can occur [...]
L’Amibiote, a beneficial bread for intestinal bacteria, is now sold in several markets. A bakery innovation combining pleasure and health. Here we are: the new year is on its way! Why not start it by taking care of your intestinal microbiota? You can change some eating habits by consuming probiotic microorganisms naturally presents in lacto-fermented foods or in food supplements or by consuming food rich in prebiotics such as fiber. This is the second option that interests us now. Indeed, Le Duff Group has developed alongside DR. Joël Doré, well-known expert of intestinal microbiota at INRA, a benefactor bread for our [...]
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The Eukaryotes, to which we belong, are never alone: “they have acquired their main energetic metabolisms of bacteria which they have packaged into their cells and which have become hereditary”. This quote from the excellent book “Jamais seul” written by Marc-André Selosse, reflects quite well the author’s idea: organisms resulting from the evolution of living world have always dealt with bacteria. The author therefore offers us a vision of the original life and sometimes confusing due to the systematic presence of microorganisms in biological processes. A book that teaches us perfectly the symbiosis notion, described through many examples in the unicellular, [...]
Contact lenses are very useful in everyday life for many people. Indeed, they allow invisible vision correction. Placed directly on the eye cornea, contact lenses offer an excellent field of view. But did you know that the eye is harboring its own microbiota? A bacterial community that provides protection against possible harmful microorganisms? Now, you do. This ecosystem which is present on the eyes’ surface, could be altered when it comes into contact with contact lenses. Wearing lenses changes the ocular microbiota… Lens wearers have a bacteria proportion in the eyes identical to those found on the skin. This outcome results [...]
The gut microbiota, an organ difficult to define… The intestinal microbiota… What a vast organ! It consists of a very large number of microorganisms including one hundred thousand billion bacteria, the majority of which is housed in our intestines. Bacteria are ten times more numerous than our human cells. we are largely composed of bacteria, with whom we live in symbiosis. We develop our intestinal microbiota from birth. It becomes more complex with time until it becomes mature after 2-3 years. Very complex and diversified ecosystem, it is at the origin of many health essential functions like the process of digestion [...]
Synbiotics means the alliance of probiotics and prebiotics. Synbiotics could be defined as : “could beneficially affect the host by improving survival and implantation of live microbial dietary supplements in the gastrointestinal flora, by selectively stimulating the growth or activating the catabolism of one or a limited number of health-promoting bacteria in the intestinal tract, and by improving the gastrointestinal tract's microbial balance” (Roberfroid, 2000). In other words, prebiotics will serve as fuel for probiotics in the product. They facilitate the growth of bacteria and allow them a better implantation in our intestines. The intake of probiotics will help to rebalance [...]
An American start-up, Z-biotics, has just launched a GMO probiotic drink on the market. Reminder: what is a GMO? It is a living genetically modified organism. In other words, the genetic heritage or DNA, has been modified by humans. The living organism then has new properties that it did not possess naturally. They are regulated and you can find them in: sweet corn as such, in ingredients or additives derived from corn, soya, rapeseed or beetroot among others, and more indirectly in animal feed GMOs bring controversy in the agricultural, scientific and economic areas. Indeed, there are uncertainties about the use [...]