U.S. Gastro Update eNewsletter
September 2021

Effects of Gut Microbiome, Flavonoid-Rich Foods on Blood Pressure
Research efforts continue to uncover the connection between health and the gut microbiome. A recent study in Hypertension concluded that flavonoid-rich foods appear to have a beneficial effect on blood pressure, a finding explained in part by the gut microbiome. Read more.


Psyllium's Impact in Reducing Dietary Fiber–Induced Gas in IBS
A study published recently in the journal Gut reveals that psyllium administered with insulin diminishes colonic gas production in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This suggests that consuming a diet containing adequate amounts of viscous fiber may enable patients to obtain the prebiotic health benefits of high-fiber diets without exacerbating their IBS symptoms. Read more.

Increased Mortality in African Americans With COVID-19 and PPI Use?
The use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) was recently reported to be associated with increased severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection and worse clinical outcomes. A recent study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology explored the mechanisms underlying this issue. Read more.

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