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Herbsprout is a webblog and podcast dedicated to sharing the health benefits of herbs, food, innovations related to our gut microbiome. Herbsprout seeks to bridge the vast chasm dividing the mainstream medical community, alternative medicine, and Asian medicine, especially of China (TCM), India (Ayurveda), and Japan (eJim & Kampo).

100,000 viruses in our gut, both good and bad

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According to a February 19 2021 article in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News (Genengnews) researchers have built "the Gut Phage Database" (GPD), a collection of 142,000 nonredundant viral genomes (>10 kb) obtained by mining a dataset of 28,060 globally distributed human gut metagenomes and 2,898 reference genomes of cultured gut bacteria.” They identified common ancestors among the identified viruses.

Researchers at Wellcome Sanger Institute and EMBL’s European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) claim that more than half of these viruses have never been seen before.

Genengnews quoted Alexandre Almeida, PhD, postdoctoral fellow at EMBL-EBI and the Wellcome Sanger Institute saying this could lead to new treatments such as antimicrobials from bacteriophage origin.

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Evidence microbes connect Nature's health to human health; 経験的証拠では自然の健康を人間の健康に結びつけます

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Microbes out in Nature, from cyanobacteria to diatoms, could affect human health, according to a January 16 2021 report in Phys.Org by Kevin Dillon, a doctoral student in the lab of co-author Professor Donna E. Fennell, chair of the Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Dept. of Environmental Sciences, Environmental and Biological Sciences. They found these microbes travel in clouds distributing themselves throughout nature, including soil, rivers, and lakes (1).

It has been known that phytoplankton such as diatoms and various forms of algae thrive in nutrient-rich coastal waters, during oceanic spring blooms, and fresh water environments. The algae include blue-green (cyanobacteria), green, red and golden algae, and diatoms (another form of algae).

The power of microbes is their ability to recycle the primary elements of all living systems, such as carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen. Plankton are responsible for much of the food we eat and the air we breathe (2). Dillon says their research can lead to unlocking specific genes associated with the production of toxins by these microorganisms and limiting their growth. What this means is our well being really does go full circle in the "circle of life", and the connection is more interdependent than we may have ever suspected.

In addition to our personal health, diatoms hold 20% of carbon emissions in check, playing a major role in climate change control and is a major source of food for mammals such as whales, according to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (3). Additional research by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology say these tiny plankton drive a process called the "biological pump", consuming carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and moving it to sediments in the deep ocean (4).



2021年1月16日にPhys.Orgで報告されているように共著者、ラトガース大学環境科学、環境生物科学科の議長のDonna E.Fennell教授の研究室の博士課程の学生であるKevin Dillonによると、シアノバクテリアや珪藻など自然界に存在する微生物は、人間の健康に影響を与える可能性があります。 この微生物が雲の中を移動し、土壌、川、湖などの自然全体に分布していることを発見されました。




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Four primary herbs of TCM; 伝統的な漢方薬の4つの主要なハーブ

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According to a January 2021 Well and Good article by writer Kayla Hui, there are four main herbs associated for centuries with traditional Chinese medicine or TCM.

1) First is ginseng, the "granddaddy of them all". Ginseng is an adaptogen, aka a substance that helps the body react to stress and keep it in balance.

2) Though popular in Chinese culture, Huang Qi dried roots of the plant astragalus is known to protect the immune system.

3) Also well known and popularly used in Chinese and Japanese culture, the lingzhi mushroom, or ganoderma lingzhi, also known as reishi, is a polypore fungus ("bracket fungus"), that may be familiar by its fanning out shape. It has therapeutic properties that can enhance energy and increase memory.

4) The goji berry which took the health community by storm in recent years, possesses potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce stress by limiting free radicals.

伝統的な漢方薬(Traditional Chinese Medicine)の4つの主要なハーブ

筆者KaylaHuiによって書かれた2021年1月のWelland Goodの記事によると、何世紀にもわたって伝統的な漢方薬(Traditional Chinese Medicine)に関連付けられてきた4つの主要なハーブがあります。

1. 一つ目は「すべての祖父」である高麗人参です。高麗人参は、体がストレスに反応してバランスを保つのを助ける物質であるアダプトゲンです。
2. 二つ目は、中国文化で人気があるにもかかわらず、西洋ではあまり知られていない黄気は、食品添加物として理想的に使用される植物の乾燥した根を持っています。免疫系を保護することが知られているレンゲが含まれています。
3. 三つ目、中国と日本の文化でよく知られており、広く使用されているLingzhiキノコ又は霊芝は多孔質のキノコ(「ブラケットキノコ」)です。このキノコは、エネルギーを高め、記憶を増やすことができる治療特性を持っています。
4. 4つ目、近年では健康界を驚かせるゴジベリーは、フリーラジカルを制限することでストレスを軽減するのに役立つ強力な抗酸化作用と抗炎症作用を持っています。

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Fecal transplant prove effective in melanoma patients; 糞便移植は黒色腫患者に効果的であることが証明されています

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Diwakar Dacar, oncologist at the University of Pittsburgh and colleagues evaluated the transfer of fecal matter from melanoma patients who responded well to immunotherapy compared to those patients for whom immunotherapy failed.

First reported by the Science journal February 05 2021 the results showed an increase in "CD8+ T cell activation, and decreased frequency of interleukin-8–expressing myeloid cells" which are known to suppress the immune system.

This fecal transplant treatment helped reduce size of the tumors in their patients where other treatments weren't effective. This brings up the "unproven theory", possibility that fecal transplant through microbes can potentially reach places where other treatments cannot. Again, more research is needed to confirm this.



サイエンスジャーナルによって2021年2月5日に最初に報告された結果は、免疫系を抑制することが知られている「CD8 + T細胞の活性化の増加、およびインターロイキン-8を発現する骨髄細胞の頻度の減少」を示しました。


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The gut of Neanderthals

The gut of Neanderthals
University of Bologna researchers found gut bacteria species in our gut that have been passed on from the Neanderthals. They extracted ancient DNA from 50,000-year-old faecal sediments samples of Neanderthals at the archaeological site of El Salt, near Alicante (Spain).

Researchers today know that modern influences such as processed foods, drugs, and even lifestyle has lead to a critical reduction of biodiversity in the gut microbiota.

Discovering these gut mucrobes that have existed since before humans tells us about the microbes that are essential to survival.

Bacteria often referred to as "keystone species" in both our own gut and those of Neanderthals are Blautia, Dorea, Roseburia, Ruminococcus and Faecalibacterium.

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Microbes in plants help grow healthier plant & food/ 植物中の微生物は、より健康的な植物/食品の成長を助けます

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Microbes in plants known as Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) grow within the plant roots and help them grow better and be more resistant to environmental stressors, according to Dr. Nicolas Corradi, Associate Professor in the Department of Biology and Research Chair in Microbial Genomics at the University of Ottawa quoted in a February 04 2021 report by SciTech Daily.

Why is this important? It impacts the health of the plant food that we eat, making for the reason among others, why growing organically and naturally so critical to maintaining the plants nutrients. The study was able to identify how these AMF affect plant growth, and how the can be controlled by plants, leading to ways farmers can manipulate sustainable farming to improve crop yield and quality.


2021年2月4日にSciTech Dailyが報告した、オタワ大学の生物学および微生物ゲノミクスの研究委員長の准教授であるニコラス・コラディ博士によると、アーバスキュラー菌根菌(AMF)として知られる植物の微生物は、植物の根の中で成長し、彼らがより良く成長し、環境ストレスの原因に対してより耐性を持つのを助けます 。


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Gut microbiome treatment solution for every human disease?

Scientists and the health communities of the Boston area are collaborating on microbiome research and development of treatments based on the research. That is the direction the medical community is headed, according to a January 05 2021 MIT News article.

MIT, Harvard University, The Broad Institute, and a number of Boston- based health organizations are weighing in on the gut health research and the treatments for every human disease. “In almost every disease context that’s been investigated, we’ve found different types of microbial communities, divergent between healthy and sick patients,” says MIT professor of biological engineering Eric Alm says. He and his team found contrasts between different types of microbial communities, making microbial related treatments for disease illness complicated.

What these sometimes divergent groups do agree on is that appropriate treatments are specific to each individual case. They hope their collaborations will lead to more concrete treatment solutions, such as the fecal transplants by companies like OpenBiome and personalized health recommendations by Viome.

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The weight loss affects of teas

The weight loss affects of teas
A recent study of volunteers by professor Professors Dr. Simeng Zhang, Kumpei Tokuyama and associates found that both the oolong tea and pure caffeine boosted fat breakdown by about 20 percent in a atudy of 12 non-obese men. The difference between the two is oolong continued to have these effects while people slept. Researchers have not yet identified the specific ingredients in oolong tea that contributes to stimulating fat oxidation, according to the article published by the National Institute of Health (1).

Dr. Tim Bond of the U.K. Tea Advisory Council is quoted in the Beet that people with obesity have low levels of a bacteria called Bacteroidetes and high levels of another bacteria called Firmictures, but tea seems to reverse this ratio back as quoted in a January 25 2021 article of The Beet (2).

“There is evidence that some of the catechins in the green tea specifically may help increase metabolism and fat burning, therefore aiding weight loss,” adds Julie Upton, M.S., R.D., co-founder of Appetite for Health in The Beet article (2).



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