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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.

Industry welcomes NCCAM five-year plan

Industry is singing the praises of a “pragmatic” National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) five-year plan that it says has responded to its concerns, along with those of...

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Probiotics fail to prevent colitis recurrence: Study

Daily supplements of a blend of the bacterial strains Lactobacillus acidophilus La-5 and Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis BB-12 (Probio-Tec AB-25) was no better than placebo for maintaining remission of ulcerative...

Vitamin D supplement use increases 50% among US users; herbs slide, finds survey

Vitamin D penetration has jumped 50% in the past two years in the US, according to a new survey of 6000 supplement buyers conducted by product tester and market scrutineer,...

Analysts: DuPont Danisco buy-out may end in fire sale

Analysts are saying Danisco could be carved up by its new owner DuPont, which they suggest is most interested in the Danish company’s enzymes for biofuels and that the food...

Special edition: Outsourcing

CROs (slowly) piece together EFSA's health claim science puzzle

In the second part of this special series on global outsourcing trends NutraIngredients explores how the European Union nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) is impacting activity in the contract...

Probiotic effect may benefit from micronutrient boost, suggests study

The effects of probiotics on gut health may be boosted by a symbiotic partnership with the supplementation of certain micronutrients, according to new research.

Synbiotics may protect kids from asthma: Danone study

Supplements containing a mix of probiotic bacteria and prebiotic fibers reduced the prevalence of asthma-like symptoms in children at risk of the condition, says a new study from the Netherlands.

Danone, Yakult roll out new probiotic grants for gut health

Danone and Yakult are handing out another $100,000 for research into the role of probiotics and gastrointestinal microbiota in health and wellness

Canadian Institut Rosell agrees probiotic deal with Probi

French Canadian company Institut Rosell has agreed a seven-year partnership with Swedish probiotic research and the development firm Probi covering dietary supplements based on its bacterial Lp299v strain.

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The opportunities and obstacles for gut health science

It’s been a bad year for good bacteria: A raft of negative health claims opinions from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has left many in the industry predicting trouble...

Probiotics show benefits for mother and child

Daily supplements of select probiotic strains may reduce the risk of premature birth, and the complications that results from being born pre-term, say two new studies.

Dannon on FTC settlement: “Our claims remain intact”

Dannon says its year-long negotiations with the Federal Trade Commission that resulted in a $21m settlement and modifications placed on its health statements, has not altered the core claims for...

American Academy of Pediatrics reviews ‘encouraging’ probiotics science

The science to support potential health benefits of probiotics is “encouraging” but the available evidence does not support their widespread use, says the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Probiotics: Study highlights how processing conditions affect properties

Differences in the production of bacterial strains may change the potentially probiotic properties of resulting food, says a new study from Finland that ‘sets important prerequisites for quality control in...

Probiotics show oral health benefits: BioGaia study

Probiotic-containing lozenges may reduce levels of three different pathogens in patients with chronic periodontitis, suggests a new study that also supports benefits for inflamed gums.

Probiotics plus counseling may boost obesity management

Supplements of probiotic bacteria combined with dietary counseling may reduce the risk of becoming overweight or obese after pregnancy, suggests a new study from Finland.

Snack Size Science: Probiotics for dummies

NutraIngredient’s Snack Size Science brings you the week's top science every two weeks. This week we look at how probiotics may help keep babies healthy. A healthy baby is a...

Danone develops framework for optimizing probiotic-based functional foods

Mapping how the gut microbiota respond to probiotic strains may help produce a framework for “evaluating and optimizing probiotic-based functional foods”, say researchers from Danone and Harvard.

Probiotics may protect infants from respiratory illness

Daily supplements of a probiotic may reduce the incidence of respiratory illness for infants during their first eight months of life, says a new study.

Probiotics show potential against common cold: Study

Daily supplements with probiotic Lactobacillus strains may reduce the incidence of acquiring the common cold by 12 percent, according to new research from probiotic player Probi.

Breakthrough study shows personalised nutrition future for probiotics

Probiotic bacteria may affect gene activity and the cellular reactions they control in the human intestine, a study has revealed for the first time.

Lesaffre launches IBS probiotic yeast

The human nutrition division of French yeast specialist Lesaffre has launched what it says is only the second known probiotic yeast, and the first to directly target Irritable Bowel Syndrome...

Probiotics again show anti-diarrhea potential for kids: Yakult

Daily supplements of Lactobacillus casei probiotics may reduce the incidence of diarrhea in children by 14 percent, says a new study based in an urban slum in Kolkata, India.

Probiotics show IBS benefits for children: Study

A ‘high-potency’ lactic acid bacteria supplement may ease the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in children, says a new study that echoes results from adult studies.

Animated movie brings probiotics to life for the masses

Leading players in the probiotics industry have offered their support to an independently produced documentary on the ingredients, which aims to educate consumers about their health benefits and dispel common...

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