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Study identifies potential new probiotics for supplements and functional foods

Spanish scientists have identified three bacterial strains that have ‘the potential to be used as probiotics in functional foods’ due to their ability to inhibit the growth of pathogenic strains...

Gut microbes may have role in autoimmune protection: Study

Early exposure to normal gut microbes could help to protect against the later development of autoimmune diseases, according to new research in mice.

Chr Hansen backs fresh probiotic immunity trial

Danish probiotics leader Chr Hansen, which ditched a €4m immunity trial for some of its probiotic strains last year, is participating in a new trial to determine if probiotics can...

Probiotic plus aloe shows cholesterol-lowering potential: Animal data

Combining probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG supplements with aloe vera may slash cholesterol levels by over 40%, suggests a new study with lab rats.

Yakult brushes aside claims that poor management led to Yakult Argentina dissolution

Yakult has brushed aside claims by a number of former employees that its Argentinian business was dissolved as a result of poor management in recent years.

Probiotic society disputes research bias accusations

The International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP) has refuted accusations that probiotic researchers under-report negative or neutral results due to corporate interest.

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Scientists map genome for BLIS K12 probiotic

Europe-based scientists have mapped the genome of the probiotic BLIS K12 strain, finding no negative traits and supporting the safety of the strain.

New models hold promise for probiotic claim substantiation

Exposing healthy people to modified pathogens in a controlled clinical trial setting could be an exciting new way for industry to overcome the challenges of health claim substantiation, says Nizo...

GMPs, Prop 37, and market opportunities: The best of SupplySide West

GMP compliance, Prop 37, market opportunities, hot ingredients and many more dominated this year’s discussions at SupplySide West. In this special newsletter, NutraIngredients-USA round-ups its exclusive coverage of the event.

Reckitt Benckiser-Schiff: Another giant jumps into nutra space

UK-based consumer goods firm Reckitt Benckiser told NutraIngredients today, “nutrition had been on its radar for awhile”, as it plunged $1.4bn (€1.09bn) to outbid German pharma firm Bayer for the US’s second...

DuPont on EU probiotic health claim ban: “Mention specific strains”

Giant of probiotic supply, DuPont, is not afraid to admit its European business has been altered by the rejection of probiotic health claims under the EU nutrition and health claims...

'Our probiotic science will lead to an EFSA health claims approval': DuPont VP of marketing

Recent studies using DuPont’s HOWARU strain combination, combined with a better understanding of ‘the rules of the game’, will lead to positive health claims in Europe, DuPont’s Scott Bush has...

Probiotics may help cut body fat levels: RCT data

Daily probiotic yogurt consumption may improve energy metabolism and reduce body fat levels by up to 4%, say results of a placebo-controlled, double-blind cross-over clinical trial in Canada.

Ganeden BC30 strain shows potential against C. diff: Mouse study

Supplements containing the GanedenBC30 ingredient may reduce the recurrence of C. difficile-induced infection, according to a study with lab mice.

Special edition: Immune support

Immune sector in rude health despite regulator attacks

Foods, drinks, botanicals and other food supplements that boost the immune system have been one of the best performing functional sectors since, well, the birth of functional foods and supplements.

Probiotics can battle stressed student colds: Study

A blend of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG) and Bifidobacterium animalis ssp lactis (BB-12) reduced the duration of common colds among typically stressed out students, US researchers have found....

Probiotics may boost gut health for athletes

Daily supplements of a probiotic blend may improve gut function in performance athletes and help provide a way of reducing gastrointestinal complaints, suggests new research from Austria.

Probiotics may benefit premature infants: BioGaia

Supplementation with a probiotic could help to reduce the incidence of a cinnib gastrointestinal problem associated with premature babies, according to new research.

Special edition: Oral health

Probiotics’ oral health potential gathers pace

Probiotics are not only about gut health. The friendly bugs have also been touted to become the next blockbuster functional ingredients in gum and mints by Euromonitor. But which strains show...

Yakult Light probiotic drink makes US debut

Japanese probiotics pioneer Yakult has launched a light version of its fermented dairy drink in the US.

Probiotics show anti-diarrhea potential in kids: RCT data

Daily supplements of probiotic bacterial strain Lactobacillus reuteri DSM 17938 may reduce the frequency and duration of diarrhea for children, says new data from Italy.

Schiff Nutrition: Our brands now account for 9 out of every 10 dollars of revenue

Branded supplements such as MegaRed and Digestive Advantage now account for almost nine out of every 10 dollars of revenue generated by Schiff Nutrition International, bosses have revealed.

Do probiotics work in outer space? Yakult launches mission to find out...

How do our gut bacteria handle a prolonged stint in space? And do probiotics work in the same way up there vs down here on earth?

IPA hails ‘huge move forward’ in NDI draft guidance revision

The International Probiotics Association (IPA) has hailed the announcement that FDA is revisiting its controversial new dietary ingredient (NDI) draft guidance, but has warned that more work is required.

Judge delivers more bad news for FTC on ‘two clinical trials’ standard

Further evidence that ‘competent and reliable scientific evidence’ to support claims on dietary supplements does not have to mean two well-controlled human intervention trials has emerged in a ruling in...

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