beta-Defensins

Publication Title: 
Age (Dordrecht, Netherlands)

Throughout life, there is an aging of the immune system that causes impairment of its defense capability. Prevention or delay of this deterioration is considered crucial to maintain general health and increase longevity. We evaluated whether dietary supplementation with Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus 8481 could enhance the immune response in the elderly. This multi-center, double-blind, and placebo controlled study enrolled 61 elderly volunteers who were randomly assigned to receive either placebo or probiotics. Each capsule of probiotics contained at least 3?◊?10(7)? L.

Author(s): 
Moro-GarcÌa, Marco Antonio
Alonso-Arias, Rebeca
Baltadjieva, Maria
Fern·ndez BenÌtez, Carlos
Fern·ndez Barrial, Manuel Amadeo
DÌaz Ruis·nchez, Enrique
Alonso Santos, Ricardo
Alvarez S·nchez, Magdalena
Saavedra Mij·n, Juan
LÛpez-Larrea, Carlos
Publication Title: 
European Journal of Applied Physiology

PURPOSE: Yoga stretching can be done comfortably and easily by beginners and older adults to compensate for lack of exercise or poor health maintenance. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of yoga stretching on mucosal immune functions, primarily human β-defensin 2 (HBD-2) in saliva. METHODS: Fifteen healthy adults (age, 60.4 ± 8.0 years) participated in the study. Participants rested for 90 min on the first day and performed yoga for 90 min on the second day. Measurements were carried out before and after rest or yoga.

Author(s): 
Eda, Nobuhiko
Shimizu, Kazuhiro
Suzuki, Satomi
Tanabe, Yoko
Lee, Eunjae
Akama, Takao
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