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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.

The Vitamin Shoppe expands probiotic ProBioCare line, adds products with DUOCAP technology

Supplement retailer The Vitamin Shoppe is expanding its store-brand ProBioCare line with six new probiotics that feature DUOCAP technology, which seals two supplements in one pill.

Could an altered microbiome predict Parkinson’s disease risk?

People with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) appear to have a different gut bacteria composition to healthy individuals, suggests a new study in Movement Disorders.

News in brief

Lallemand probiotics plants pass USP GMP audits

Canadian firm Lallemand Health Solutions, a major probiotics supplier, has announced successful GMP audits on two production facilities.

Seasonal variation in hunter-gatherer diet drives gut bacteria shifts

You are what you eat: Hadza study links diet changes to altered microbiome

Seasonal changes in gut bacteria make-up of a small African community strengthens the evidence that diet strongly influences our gut microbiota, finds a new study in Science.

SupplySide West 2017 in Las Vegas, Sept. 25-29

Probiotic maker Lallemand highlights strains, formulations for children and teenagers

Quebec-based probiotic maker Lallemand will announce a new range of probiotics designed for children and teenagers at the upcoming SupplySide West show in Las Vegas, September 26 to 29.

‘Surprising’ impact of gut bacteria on gene expression in the brain

Gut-brain axis: Gene regulation may be link between gut bacteria and anxiety

The trillions of microbes in our gut can have a dramatic influence on microRNAs that regulate gene expression in parts of the brain including those related to fear and anxiety,...

Stress hormone may be ‘middle man’ in gut-brain communication

The stress hormone cortisol appears to mediate the link between a common type of gut bacteria and the levels of an abundant brain metabolite, according to a recent animal study...

Are anthocyanins a prebiotic? Brazilian researchers summarize what we know so far

The study of prebiotics — a term used to describe the ‘food’ beneficial gut bacteria feed on — is still in its infancy. Researchers in Brazil synthesized existing studies of...

DuPont invests $10 million to upgrade Wisconsin probiotic facility

DuPont Nutrition & Health upgraded its probiotics pilot facility in Madison, WI, a project that costs around $10 million and aims to increase pace of new product development.

GanedenBC30 gets Health Canada ‘no objections letter,’ expanding formulation, claims flexibility for manufacturers

A new Health Canada ‘no objections letter’ expands manufacturers’ flexibility to formulate and market products with Ganeden’s branded Bacillus cogulans GBI-30, 6086 (or GanedenBC30 for short) in Canada. This includes...

Probiotic supplementation may ease constipation among elderly, new study suggests

Different strains of probiotics induced beneficial effects in chronic constipation among the elderly, researchers from the University of Valencia found.

Probiotic uses glycerol to kill ‘superbug’ in laboratory

A species of the probiotic genus Lactobacillus may selectively kill an antibiotic resistant bacterium, according to a study in Infection and Immunity.

Herbalife enters new era with probiotic launch featuring Ganeden's strain

Herbalife has announced a new probiotic product featuring Ganeden’s BC30 strain that will be marketed as an adjunct for its existing meal replacement shakes and wellness drinks.

Infant gut bacteria link with smarter toddlers: Study

The make-up of babies’ gut microbiomes may be associated with with later cognitive development, suggests new research.

Cause or consequence? Investigating the link between gut bacteria and heart health

People with heart failure have been found to have less gut bacteria diversity and lack certain important species groups. So are changes in our microbiome causing heart disease, or visa-versa?

Outlining 'environmental' view of microbiome awaits craftier study designs, experts say

A more holistic, environmental view of the human gut microbiome is taking shape among researchers, but confounding factors complicate the task of fully elucidating this via tenable study designs.

Research sheds light on nature of ancient microbiome

Is there a goal to shoot for when trying to alter consumers’ microbiomes?  Researcher Jeff Leach is trying to answer that question with work he is doing among hunter gather...

IPA World Congress + Probiota Americas 2017

There's opportunity in new probiotic enumeration technology, says expert

Analyzing and identifying probiotic strains in a finished product is becoming increasingly crucial as probiotic-infused food, beverages, and supplements climb further into consumer interest.

IPA World Congress + Probiota Americas 2017

Lallemand furthers study on probiotic intervention among individuals newly diagnosed with depression

More studies looking at the link between a human’s microbiome and depression are underway. It’s not entirely a novel connection, according to Dr. Thomas Tompkins, research director at Lallemand Health...

Jarrow challenges FDA on probiotics

Dietary supplement manufacturer Jarrow Formulas Inc. has filed a lengthy comment challenging FDA’s position on probiotics as set down in the most recent Revised Draft Guidance on New Dietary Ingredients....

Nestlé-backed study links probiotic strain and depression

Probiotics could help relieve symptoms of depression in addition to aiding gastrointestinal upsets, according to new Canadian research backed by Nestlé.

Strain-level specificity critical for full compliance, NSF probiotics labeling expert says

Labeling probiotics to the strain level is becoming an increasing focus in NSF’s certification process, an expert told NutraIngredinets-USA.

Combined with omega-3 oil, microencapsulated probiotic has higher survival rate, says study

When a probiotic is co-encapsulated with omega-3-rich tuna oil, not only do the bacteria adhere better on the intestinal wall, but more chemically intact omega-3 fatty acids are released from...

Olly’s takeover of the gummy category starts with cuteness

Olly is relatively new in the dietary supplement space, launching only in 2015. But today its gummies can be found in 25,000 stores across the nation, from niche ones like...

More than half of consumers think 'hybrid beverages' are a pricey gimmick, Mintel survey finds

Despite the emerging trend of blurring category lines in the functional beverage sector, many consumers still hesitate to believe the claims and attributes on pack, let alone make a purchase,...