Synbiotic may improve gut, immune health in elderly: Study
Consumption of a combination probiotic and prebiotic supplement for two weeks was found to improve the gut and immune health of a group of seniors, according to a study conducted by Danisco.
Probiotic 'bar-code' could boost strain identification
Identifying the bacteria in a food product – be they probiotic or pathogenic – may be as easy as reading a bar-code, according to a novel technique called optical mapping.
Probiotics may improve alcoholics’ liver health: Study
A pilot study from Russia and the US indicates that supplements of Bifidobacterium bifidum and Lactobacillus plantarum 8PA3 may improve the health of an alcoholic’s liver.
Fonterra supports safety of probiotic ingredients
The probiotic strains Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 and Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis HN019 are safe and well-tolerated, according to a new study from New Zealand.
Nestle places confidence in probiotics for kids
Food giant Nestle is today launching a probiotics drink for children in the US, which the company claims is the only drink on the market to deliver immune benefits coupled with balanced nutrition.
Probiotic strain passes yoghurt culture test: Study
Canada-based scientists report the successful incorporation of Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14 and Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1, potentially offering a new probiotic product.
Government survey highlights most common supplements
Omega-3s, glucosamine, echinacea and ginseng are the most commonly consumed supplements as part of alternative therapy regimes, according to a new US government survey.
General Mills rapped over probiotic claims
General Mills has been told to amend advertising for its functional yogurt product, Yoplait Yo-Plus, for making misleading claims.
Prebiotic potential of enzyme-converted durum wheat
Treating insoluble durum wheat fibre with an enzyme could produce a soluble fibre with potential prebiotics activity, according to a new study.
Prebiotic-fortified fruit juice passes formulation test: Study
Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) can be used to partially replace sucrose in fruit juices without detrimentally affecting physical characteristics of the juice, says new research from India.
Yakult prepares for major US probiotics education
Probiotic firm Yakult is preparing a major new education campaign in the US, which it hopes will help raise consumer awareness of the benefits of probiotics.
Section 912 harms probiotics, fish oil, vitamins: Comments filed
The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) revision of its Amendments Act (FDAAA) could discourage clinical research and wipe out whole categories of functional foods and dietary supplements, say industry organizations.
Early promise for almond’s prebiotic potential
Preliminary reports of a prebiotic potential of almonds are promising and intriguing, and impending human trials may reveal if the benefits can be translated from the lab to the layperson.
Yakult targets military in US expansion efforts
Leading probiotic group Yakult has pursued an original marketing strategy in an effort to establish its brand in the US by striking an agreement with the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA).
Sleep, mood, gut health top functional priorities for Fortitech
Sleep, mood and digestive health are the areas attracting most interest this year from manufacturers in the food and beverage industries, according to nutritional premix supplier Fortitech.