All for one and one for all: Prebiotic blends and anxiety

Forget competition, it’s about cooperation. We previously wrote about how prebiotics improve memory, reduce anxiety, and can even promote recovery from stroke. That was just about individual prebiotics. Here, we want to demonstrate that it isn’t necessarily about one prebiotic performing better than another. In fact, the goal of most research has not been to make direct comparisons. Rather, there’s …

Can Prebiotics Improve Cognition?

It’s no longer a secret and hasn’t been for some time, that the gut and brain share an intimate relationship. The gut houses the enteric nervous system, sometimes referred to as the “second brain”, and we are of course familiar with terms like “butterflies in our stomach” to describe the feeling of anxiety. Improving the brain with nutrition, however, is …

Short Chain Fatty Acids: Deceptively Simple

Short chain fatty acids (SCFA) are deceptively simple. There are six of them that are routinely studied (acetate, propionate, butyrate, isovalerate, valerate, and isobutyrate), and they are cheap and relatively straightforward to analyze. Their simplicity belies a much more complex story that is often overlooked. There are many review papers on the subject1–3, but we felt an abridged version was …

Readme: Welcome to Traverse Science

This is us in 2018, several months before the idea to start Traverse Science would take hold. Welcome to Traverse Science. Our company was born out of a need discovered by Dr. Ryan Dilger and Dr. Stephen Fleming while working with researchers in industry. Who are we? Ryan is a nutrition scientist and hobbyist engineer. Stephen is a neuroscientist and …