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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.

News in brief

International Probiotics Association to relocate to US; reigning chief resigns

The International Probiotics Association (IPA) is relocating to an unconfirmed US location from Europe in November. The group will replace executive director, Iaonnis Misopoulos, who will remain in Switzerland.

Financials

Nutrition profits jump 23% in mixed DuPont Q3 results

DuPont is reaping the benefit of its €5bn 2011 acquisition of Danish probiotics and enzymes giant Danisco, with its nutrition and health division showing 23% profit growth in a “sluggish” world market....

We want you: Scientific committee calls for cutting edge science at Probiota 2015

A newly established scientific committee are set to assess cutting edge research for the Probiota 2015 Scientific Frontiers poster session. Don’t miss your chance to present as entries close on...

‘Accelerating the commercial adoption of early stage research’: Leading probiotics event unites science and industry in North & South America

San Diego will host the first ever Probiota Americas in June 2015, which will bring together eminent scientists and business leaders from the pre & probiotic and microbiota focused nutrition...

Tackling toxins: Probiotic yoghurt provides mercury detox

Governments might not want to admit it, but according to a leading academic in microbiology and probiotics, there is demand for probiotic products with detoxification properties that can help protect...

'Many kombucha makers are thumbing their nose at the regulators'

KeVita CEO: If you want to succeed in this industry, you’ve got to pitch your tent and plan on camping out for a while

In 2010, KeVita sparkling organic probiotic beverages were available in a handful of Whole Foods stores in Southern California. Today they have 90%+ ACV in the natural channel, and a...

What women want: Lallemand launches probiotics for female health

The absence of any EU-approved health claims for probiotics hasn’t deterred Lallemand Health Solutions from launching a suite of probiotics addressing women’s health issues.

Probiotics giant debuts soft gel with 2-year shelf life

Danish probiotics player Chr Hansen has launched a patent-pending soft gel that can deliver live probiotics with a two-year shelf life and matched it with a probiotic-omega-3 supplement targeting pregnant...

Diet may impact risk of inflammatory bone disease by changing gut bacteria

Diet may fuel or dampen susceptibility to autoinflammatory bone disease by changing the intestinal bacteria balance, according to a mouse study published in the journal Nature.

NutraIngredients-USA’s Digestive Health Forum: 'Women aged 55-64 are the sweet spot for the market'

Younger women and men are the new targets for digestive health product manufacturers, with women aged 55-64 already dominating the market, according to experts at the NutraIngredients-USA Digestive Health Forum.

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.

science short

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. 

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