Biotics Research Corporation publishes news articles and study findings on a regular basis. Check here often for the latest information.

11 Jan

Ashwagandha is Beneficial in Alleviating Cognitive Dysfunction

In the obese individual, cognitive disturbances, including problem solving, working memory, and neuro-muscular coordination, have been demonstrated to affect both social and mental abilities. Ashwagandha (ASH), recognized for its memory boosting and restorative functions “is traditionally used as a rasayana (tonic) that works in a holistic manner to promote overall health and vitality”, and has also been reported to support memory. Cognitive shortfalls across the lifespan have been associated with “obesity (without any comorbid medical condition)”.

02 Jan

Medicinal Properties of Curcumin

Curcumin has demonstrated several medicinal properties, including possessing an inhibitory effect on the virulence, quorum sensing (QS), and biofilm initiation.(1) Curcumin has also exhibited an inhibitory effect on the QS system of numerous pathogens, including E. coli and P. aeruginosa. This study examined the liposomes of curcumin as an inhibitory mechanism on QS system of Aeromonas sobria (AS), which “is a Gram-negative, rod-shaped, facultative anaerobic, motile, and flagellated bacterium,” that typically flourishes in various types of waters, as well as in soil and food.

26 Dec

Eating Nuts Strengthens Brainwave Frequencies

In a study by researchers from Loma Linda University Health, it was determined that “eating nuts on a regular basis strengthens brainwave frequencies associated with cognition, healing, learning, memory and other key brain functions.” The researchers tested six nut varieties, including almonds, cashews, peanuts, pecans, pistachios and walnuts, and determined that “some nuts stimulated [particular] brain frequencies more than others.” Pistachios, for example were determined to “produced the greatest gamma wave response”, a critical component for “enhancing cognitive processing, information r

19 Dec

Low Muscle Insulin Sensitivity in Poorly Controlled T2D is Associated with Incomplete Skeletal Muscle Fatty Acid

The mechanisms responsible for progressively worsening glycemic control are poorly understood. In a study by Gavin TP, et al. it was observed that “lower skeletal muscle mitochondrial respiratory capacity is associated with low insulin sensitivity and the development of T2D.” The insulin sensitivity in skeletal muscle was investigated, and the difference between well (WCD) and poorly (PCD) controlled T2D was determined.

11 Dec

The Slow Down of Brain Cells with Fatigue

In a study published in Nature Medicine, it was reported “that individual neurons slow down when we are sleep deprived, leading to delayed behavioral responses to actions around us.” With sleep deprivation, the neural lapse, or slowdown that occurs “affects the brain’s visual perception and memory associations.” They determined that certain tasks are difficult when one is tired, and especially difficult after pulling an all-nighter.

27 Nov

High Fiber Intake Associated with Improved Survival Rate in Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is recognized as “the third most common cancer and the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States.” According to a recent JAMA Oncology study, a

10 Nov

Elderly Chromosomes Trigger Genes Differently Than in the Young

The chromosomes are our instruction manuals. They facilitate instructs on making every protein in the body, many of which are needed for life.

08 Nov

Berberine’s Benefits with Methicilln Resistant Staphyloccus Aureus

Berberine has numerous beneficial health promoting attributes, and one of these is its antibacterial properties. In fact it has been widely used in the management of bacterial diarrhea and gastroenteritis. Recently, however, berberine was demonstrated to “enhance the inhibitory efficacy of antibiotics against clinical multi-drug resistant isolates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).” Its action was also described to act synergistically along with antibiotic therapy.

01 Nov

More Bad News on PPI Use and Chronic Kidney Disease

In a population-based Taiwanese study of those taking proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), the long-term safety of PPI-associated chronic kidney disease (CKD) and kidney injury was evaluated, as it is viewed as a significant concern in these patients. The use of PPIs predisposed these individuals to a 1.4-fold higher odds of CKD, as compared to those who never used PPIs.

27 Oct

DHA, EPA, and GLA for RA

Researchers evaluated the effects of supplemented marine polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) supplying DHA and EPA, with and without GLA, on patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Sixty patients with active RA participated in this prospective randomized 12 week trial. Patients were randomly allocated to three groups of 20. Group 1 received 1500 mg of DHA and