Mary Ellen Sanders

About Mary Ellen Sanders

Mary Ellen Sanders is a consultant in the area of probiotic microbiology, with special expertise on paths to scientific substantiation of probiotic product label claims. Dr. Sanders served as the founding president of the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics and is currently the organization’s executive science officer.

Does fermented food consumption lower social anxiety?

22 Jul 2015

by Mary Ellen Sanders

Fermented foods are not included in the recently revised ISAPP definition of probiotics, since the bacteria they contain are uncharacterized. But scientists are nevertheless studying how these foods may affect health, including brain function.

Quality matters in probiotic products

7 Jan 2015

by Mary Ellen Sanders

When treating vulnerable populations with probiotics in research and clinical practice, the quality of probiotic products is important because the stakes are high.

In this contribution, GMFH board member Mary Ellen Sanders analyzes one of our recent website selections:  Veiga et al. (2014) Changes of the human gut microbiome induced by a fermented milk product. Probiotics are a promising means to manipulate the

The Definition of Probiotics: Twelve Years Later

17 Sep 2014

by Mary Ellen Sanders

A panel of scientific experts* assembled in London, UK, on October 23, 2013 to discuss the scope and appropriate use of the term ‘probiotic.’ The International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP) organized the meeting to review the relevance