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Probiotics may have taken some time to seep into consumer consciousness, especially in the US, but digestive health last year entered the top three fastest growing functional food categories. And with developments in science and technology also come greater opportunities to widen the category beyond the traditional dairy application.

Probiotic/vitamin C blend cuts kids’ school absence by 30%

Daily doses of probiotics plus vitamin C can reduce flu incidence and missed school days by more than 30%, according to researchers.

L. paracasei may alter intestinal microbiota in healthy people: Study

Probiotic strain Lactobacillus paracasei could alter the intestinal microbial in healthy populations, but this depends strictly on the ‘ecosystem’ of the individual, according to research. 

Does sporting activity improve gut function?

Improved diversity of the intestinal microbiota in sports people could be due to gut barrier function, experts have suggested.

Is strain-specificity of prebiotics a limitation or opportunity?

Strain-specificity of prebiotics is not a limiting factor but rather an opportunity to develop the ‘next generation’ of synbiotic formulations, says Winclove Probiotics in response to unflattering results of a...

Probiotics can improve blood pressure: 9-study review

Long-term probiotics consumption may control blood pressure, says a research review in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.

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Probiotics linked to liver fat reduction in rat study

Probiotic consumption for thirty days was associated with a reduction of fat accumulation in the liver of obese rats, say Spanish researchers.

Synbiotic gut health benefits limited, say researchers

Potential gut health benefits of synbiotics may be limited since only specific combinations enhance probiotic survival and growth, say researchers.

Japanese dairy backs bifidobacteria

Scientists have called new discoveries from leading Japanese dairy product company Morinaga Milk Industry on popular probiotic genus bifidobacteria, “an interesting first step”.

Could probiotics boost performance and increase power for athletes?

A combination of a probiotic with a slow digested protein may increase athletic performance in healthy resistance-trained individuals, suggest results from a pilot study.

Probiotics may help elite athletes fight infections: Rugby study

Daily probiotic supplements may reduce the incidence of gastrointestinal and upper respiratory tract infections for professional rugby players, says a new study from New Zealand. 

Exercise and high protein diet may increase gut microbiota diversity: Research

Exercise and ‘extreme' high protein diet could have beneficial impact on gut microbiota diversity, according to research published in the British Medical Journal. 

Review links prebiotics with reduction in acute infection risk in children

Prebiotics may help reduce the risk of serious infections in children under two years but more research is required, according to meta-analysis.

ISAPP consensus: Gut, yes. Immunity, no (for now)

Time to recognise ‘core benefits of certain probiotics’: ISAPP

The evidence has grown so strong for the best-documented probiotic strains that a generic digestive health claim should exist, according to a consensus statement from leading international researchers published this...

Dispatches from the IPA World Congress in Athens, Greece

Psychobiotics can feed gut-brain health axis: 'It’s really an exciting frontier,' says professor

Evidence is building that links the gut microbiome and brain function and ‘psychobiotics’ are at the heart of that, says a leading Irish researcher working in the field for more...

Review links ulcerous stomach bacteria with obesity

The gradual decrease of the ulcer-causing stomach bacteria Helicobacter pylori could be linked to the global obesity endemic, according to an international research review. 

‘A basis for the future selection of probiotics’: Study shows how gut bacteria communicate with host to regulate weight

Bacteria in the gut may regulate weight gain and serum cholesterol levels by producing proteins that modify bile acids in the intestine, says a new study with implications for probiotics.

Global probiotics business is booming, while Europe focuses on blends and 'piggybacking'

Strong growth in the Americas and Asia is helping the probiotics industry to strong success, while the European market recovers from regulatory challenges by focusing on blends and 'piggybacking claims',...

No signs of slowdown for global probiotic market, says BCC

The global market of probiotic ingredients, supplements, and foods is expected to reach nearly $27.1 billion in 2013 and climb at a compound annual growth rate of 6.2% over the next five...

‘Cost savings and quality of life improvements’: Meta-analysis supports probiotics for common cold

Consuming probiotics may decrease the duration of common upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) by up to a day, compared to placebo, according to findings published in the British Journal of Nutrition ....

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Ganeden secures patent protection for ultra-stable Bacillus coagulans probiotics in coffee, tea, cereal

Ganeden Biotech - the Ohio-based company behind ultra-resilient probiotic BC30 (Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086) - has announced the issuance of a US patent covering the use of all Bacillus coagulans strains (including BC30)...

Probiotics may reduce children’s throat infection rate

Children with a history of recurrent streptococcal and viral throat infections could benefit from oral probiotics, according to Italian research.

Exclusive documentary preview: MicroWarriors Special edition

MicroWarriors: Exploring probiotic power (and the powers that be)

NutraIngredients went to LA recently to question two leading probiotic academics about probiotics and the microbiome and which we present exclusively here. The interviews form part of a new documentary...

Cry baby blues: L reuteri probiotic not backed for Colic

A study involving 167 breastfed and probiotic formula fed ‘excessive crying’ infants has found no benefits for the formula-fed ones, even though other studies showed probiotics could reduce the malady.

Gravity-free probiotics

Space…The final frontier for Yakult probiotics? 6-year study confirmed

Probiotic pioneer Yakult’s little bottles are to feature in a 6-year, gravity-free study at the International Space Station (ISS).

Breast microbiome more complex than previously thought: Study

The unique microbial composition of female breast tissue has given scientists new insight into the interaction between different bacteria in the human body and the effects this has on health.