Multi-organ sequelae of Post-COVID syndrome
SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, invades the cells of multiple organs via the ACE2 receptor. Once the virus attaches to the receptor on the cell, it undergoes replication and maturation, provoking an inflammatory response by various cytokines in some patients. What is worse, the long-term effects of post-COVID syndrome (namely ‘Long COVID’) could have a further devastating effect. The virus might even interact with ACE 2 in digestive organs, causing further damage to the mucous membrane barrier and resulting in ‘leaky gut’.
Inflammation during pregnancy may impact children working memory
We’ve all had moments where we’ve forgotten what we did or said. But what if we forget what we’re doing while we’re doing it? This could be a sign of a problem with the working memory.
The first 1000 days of life lays the foundation for gut health
‘A good beginning is half the battle.’ The first 1,000 days of a child’s life, from conception to age two, have lifelong effects on their health and immunity.
Gut Bifidobacterium decrease with age: from infancy to elderly
A balanced gut microbiome has a significant impact on immunity, metabolism, and trophic function. When our gut health loses its equilibrium and dysbiosis occurs, harmful bacteria can thrive, increasing the risk of developing a range of diseases. Among the vast gut bacterial community are Bifidobacterium spp., a beneficial bacteria that regulate the intestinal immunity and play a significant role in the protection of the intestinal barrier.
Research: Restore gut microbiome speeds long COVID recovery
The Omicron variant of COVID-19 has gradually replaced Delta and ravaged the world. Although it is reported to be relatively mild, the post-acute COVID-19 syndrome (known as long COVID) such as shortness of breath, chest pains, dizziness, poor memory, insomnia, ‘brain fog’ and other symptoms cannot be ignored.
Common symptoms of diabetes
Are you worried that you or someone you know may have diabetes? Today an estimated 1 in 10 of Singaporeans are living with the condition. For those above the age of 60, that ratio rises to 1 in 3. If you are experiencing some of the following symptoms, it may be a warning sign of diabetes:
How might the gut dysbiosis affect insulin resistance in diabetes?
When people speak of the most common chronic illness in Singapore, diabetes always ranks among the top five. It is one of a number of chronic metabolic diseases that can do serious damage to the body. With over 400,000 Singaporeans living with the disease, the total number of sufferers is expected to rise to one million by 2050. Shockingly, about one third of diabetics are unaware that they have it, according to the Ministry of Health (MOH). The pathogenesis of diabetes is unclear, but recent studies have suggested a link between gut microbiome dysbiosis and insulin resistance in diabetes.
Your immune age is 20 years older than you are? Here’s why and how to turn the clock back
Unhealthy lifestyles increase risk for CRC
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and biggest killer in Singapore, affecting more than 1,800 people each year regardless of gender and ethnicity. Unfortunately, many do not experience any symptoms in the early stages, resulting in a delayed diagnosis that is much more difficult to treat.The risk of developing CRC depends on numerous risk factors, though many are linked to our diet and lifestyle habits. The more risk factors that are present, the higher the risks of developing the disease.
G-NiiB Immunity+ Formula SIM01 shows clinical benefits in COVID-19 patients
Hong Kong's fifth Covid-19 wave peaked in early March. With more than 10,000 daily cases have been reported, the fifth wave of the epidemic has accumulated more than 700,000 positive test cases and 4,000 patients have died.
5 Signs You Have a Weak Immune System
Immunity helps fight viral invasion, and the human immune system consists of three lines of defence. The skin, respiratory tract and mucous membranes form an isolation barrier against infection. When immunity is weakened, it struggles to combat pathogens. Here are 5 common signs that you may have a weak immune system:
B. adolescentis: A Key Gut Bacteria To Fight Long COVID
The new variant, Omicron, gradually replaced Delta and ravaged the world. However, no "countermeasures" have yet been found. Experts meanwhile have again discovered a subtype variant, BA.2. Although it is reported to be relatively mild, the post-acute COVID-19 syndrome (known as long COVID) such as tiredness, poor memory, insomnia, hair loss, anxiety and other symptoms cannot be ignored.
What is the difference? Prebiotics, Probiotics, Synbiotics, Postbiotics
There are all kinds of gut health products on the market, including "Probiotics", "Prebiotics", "Synbiotics" and "Postbiotics", all of which claim to improve immune function. What are they?
Research: Bifidobacterium adolescentis may help alleviate constipation
Our intestinal health and eating habits go hand in hand. Western-style dietary, known as high intake of red meat, saturated fat, processed foods, consume less fibre can give rise to frequent constipation.
Are you showing symptoms of constipation or colorectal cancer?
The fast pace of urban life makes it difficult to cultivate a healthy habit of regular toilet breaks. Not only is habitual constipation on the rise, but this phenomenon highlights the crisis with three major diseases: bowel obstruction, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
G-NiiB Immunity Plus contains precious live bacteria - B. adolescentis
Gut microbiota modulate our immunity and disease severity of COVID-19, as well as vaccine efficacy. The unique microbiome precision formula in G-Niib ‘Immunity Plus’, developed by the Faculty of Medicine at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CU Medicine), contains the optimal ratio of 3+3 live beneficial bacteria. Its main ingredient ‘Bifidobacterium adolescentis’ is the most precious of live bacteria which aids antibody level regulation and enhances immunity.
Bifidobacteria Adolescentis - Power Up Your Immunity
The human gut microbiota enhances its host’s resistance to enteric pathogens via colonisation resistance. A healthy human intestine contains trillions of commensal bacteria. Chief among them is “Bifidobacterium adolescentis”, a major contributing factor in microbial balance, enhancement of gut barrier integrity and immuno-enhancement of the intestinal tract, and is recognized as the most precious species of Bifidobacterium.
Probiotic Supplements: Does Dosage Forms Matter?
Probiotic supplements can contain billions of live microorganisms that may potentially confer several health benefits, including protection against pathogenic microorganisms, inflammation, diabetes etc.
How to nurture your healthy gut bacteria – these are the solutions
There are more than 100 trillion microbes live inside our body. The human gut is chock full of a variety of bacteria, both good and bad. Each strain of probiotics has a different effect on our health. Despite the popularity of probiotics, do you know what they are and how to ensure their efficacy?
Four Tips to marinate meat may reduce cancer risk
Western lifestyles seem to be closely correlated with the increased risk of colorectal cancer (CRC). A higher intake of processed meats and animal fats, coupled with a low-fibre diet can have a negative impact on health and the immune system.
Patients with GERD have higher levels of 5 harmful bacteria
Gastrointestinal discomforts such as stomach pain and bloating are common urban diseases. If the feeling of "heartburn" frequently occurs after a meal, it may be a tell-tale sign of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), commonly known as acid reflux. GERD is a common digestive disorder that will affect both the oesophagus and duodenum.
Gut Food - Diet to boost gut microbiome
Diet is known to be one of the key drivers of microbiome variation. In our gastrointestinal tract, good and bad microorganisms coexist. While good bacteria regulates immunity, prevents infections, and helps produce nutrients; bad bacteria may cause intestinal inflammation, diarrhoea, constipation, depression, and in a worst-case scenario, colorectal cancer. Studies have pointed out that diet has a significant impact on gut health.
Research: balanced gut microbiome helps improve insomnia
Sleep accounts for one third of a person’s entire life. Sleep is crucial to our overall health and wellbeing, yet many of us take it for granted; some people have sleep disorders and don’t get the rest that they sorely need. Studies have shown that gut bacteria may influence normal sleep patterns by helping create important chemical messengers in the brain, such as serotonin and dopamine. Once the gut microbiota is out of balance, it can affect the metabolism of the intestine as well as the brain’s ability to regulate our sleep patterns and other physiological processes.
Food additives may cause intestinal inflammation and gut dysbiosis. Four foods you should avoid
Incidences of inflammatory bowel disease（IBD）such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis have seen a rapid rise in Asia in recent years, and it is estimated that 10-20% of Singaporeans are affected. A recent study revealed that bacteria associated with IBD and the intake of food additives could potentially trigger bowel inflammation.
Scientist: Beneficial bacterial species found to be deficient in Covid patients
COVID-19, the novel coronavirus spreading across the globe has compelled governments around the world to implement a range of restrictive public health measures to reduce local transmissions of the virus. These measures might have been effective in slowing down the spread at the beginning, but viruses continued to mutate and created variants that were more contagious than the previous variants. Recent research has discovered that the common symptoms of gastrointestinal problems in patients i.e., the imbalance of the gut microbiome (dysbiosis) is closely related to the epidemic. Enhancing immunity is expected to resist invading virus and alleviate the epidemic.
Antibiotics weaken your immune system? Probiotic supplements help speed up gut microbiome restoration
Antibiotics are one of the most commonly used drugs in healthcare treatment. While they are used to prevent or treat bacterial infections, concern regarding their side effects and associated long-term health consequences is widely recognised.
Children with ASD are twice at risk of GI symptoms
The brain and the gut may appear to play very different roles in our body, but these two organs are in fact closely connected and interacted in a variety of ways. There is increasing evidence that suggests a link between the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms. Due to their interaction between gut microbes, the stomach and the brain, the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis response to stress is affected, leading to symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders in patients with autism.
Restoring balance in gut microbiota helps combat COVID-19
The balance of gut microbiota is beneficial to human health. But how do we maintain its balance, and how does it work? An earlier study by the Centre for Gut Microbiota Research at the Chinese University of Hong Kong revealed that gut dysbiosis not only weakens the human’s immune system, but it also closely linked to the COVID-19. Dr Joyce MAK, Specialist in Gastroenterology & Hepatology pointed out that an imbalance in gut microbiota (dysbiosis) is comparable to that found in COVID-19 patients. The abnormal gut microbiota (dysbiosis) persists even after the virus has cleared, which could contribute to lingering symptoms, known as ‘long COVID’, highlighting the importance of the balance in gut microbiota.
G-NiiB Immunity+ enhance vaccines safety & efficacy
Malaysia sees a spike in coronavirus cases in recent days. While herd immunity via mass scale vaccination is deemed to be the long-term solutions, there are continuous concern of individual on receiving vaccination. While seniors are believed to be the most vulnerable to coronavirus and potentially face a higher risk of severe illness once infected, the vaccine safety and possible side effects are the key concerns stopping them from getting vaccinated. Similarly, such concerns are found in various age groups.
1 in 10 Singaporeans suffer from IBS
Do you experience diarrhea when you are stressed-out? If you are experiencing consistent abdominal cramps, bloating, diarrhea, constipation or other digestive problems, you may be experiencing symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). According to the National University Hospital, roughly 10% Singaporeans suffer from IBS.
New Finding: Gut Dysbiosis in COVID-19 Patients
The COVID-19 pandemic has been raging worldwide since its outbreak in December 2019. A recent study by a university in Hong Kong discovered that the composition of gut microbiota in coronavirus patients is concordant with disease severity. Patients had higher numbers of ‘bad bacteria’ and lacked certain ‘good bacteria’ known to regulate their immune system. What is worse is that an abnormal gut microbiota (dysbiosis) persists after clearance of the virus, which could contribute to lingering symptoms known as ‘Long COVID’.
Causes of eczema – the most common skin condition in SG
Eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis) is the most common skin condition in Singapore, and incidences of eczema in the region are among the highest in the world. According to a report by the National Skin Centre (NSC), one in five children and one in 10 adults in Singapore suffer from eczema, resulting in the most common skin condition treated at the NSC.
70% of our immune cells in the gut protect against viral infection
Singapore has one of the world’s highest vaccination rates with 80 per cent of its population receiving their full two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. While they are safe and effective, side effects of the jab may differ from person to person. Some recipients may experience little or no side effects, while others may experience serious adverse reactions. The efficacy and the side effects of vaccines may be associated with the health of the patient’s gut and immunity.
The gut: your second brain Five major diseases of Dysbiosis
There is no doubt that the gut’s primary function is the digestion of food, absorption of nutrients and excretion of waste, but scientists have discovered that our guts performs far beyond that. The enteric nervous system (ENS) in our guts communicates with the brain in our head, earning itself the monicker “second brain”, and is a considerable factor in the existence of certain diseases in our bodies including eczema, obesity, diabetes, and in our overall mental health including autism and depression. Scientists believe that our second brain gut is one of the most important organs in our body.