Recent science shows probiotics that benefit the brain depend on strain

Sandy Almendarez, VP of Content

October 31, 2018

Research conducted on probiotics’ benefits is growing so rapidly that it’s difficult for anyone to follow completely, according to product developer Jeremy Appleton. N.D., vice president of science and education, Klaire Labs. However, Dr. Appleton enlightens listeners on emerging research on probiotics effects on mood. With Sandy Almendarez, editor in chief, INSIDER, Dr. Appleton covers:

  • The new class of probiotics called psychobiotics, which have research focused on the reduction of depression and anxiety

  • The importance of strain when creating probiotic products that benefit mood

  • Other ingredients, such as phosphatidylserine (PS), acetyl-L-carnitine, short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) and citicoline, that offer complementary effects to psychobiotics.

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About the Author(s)

Sandy Almendarez

VP of Content, Informa


• Well-known subject matter expert within the health & nutrition industry with more than 15 years’ experience reporting on natural products.

• She cares a lot about how healthy products are made, where their ingredients are sourced and how they affect human health.

• She knows that it’s the people behind the businesses — their motivations, feelings and emotions — drive industry growth, so that’s where she looks for content opportunities.

Sandy Almendarez is VP of Content for SupplySide and an award-winning journalist. She oversees the editorial and content marketing teams for the B2B media brands Natural Products Insider and Food and Beverage Insider, the education programming for the health and nutrition trade shows SupplySide East and SupplySide West, and community engagement across the SupplySide portfolio. She is a seasoned content strategist with a passion for health, good nutrition, sustainability and inclusion. With over 15 years of experience in the health and nutrition industry, Sandy brings a wealth of knowledge to her role as a content-focused business leader. With specialization in topics ranging from product development to content engagement, creative marketing and c-suite decision making, her work is known for its engaging style and its relevance for business leaders in the health and nutrition industry.

In her free time, Sandy loves running, drinking hot tea and watching her two kids grow up. She brews her own “Sandbucha” homemade kombucha; she’s happy to share if you’re ever in Phoenix!


Speaker credentials

Resides in

  • Phoenix, AZ


  • Arizona State University


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