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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.

Supplement stress-reducing benefits last a month after discontinuing: Study

A blend of probiotics, magnesium, vitamins and minerals can reduce stress and fatigue even after users stop taking it, a study has shown.  

2015-16: Full year profits up 13% to €184m

‘When your neighbour’s land is for sale you need to act’: Chr Hansen CEO on €73m acquisition

The €73m acquisition of a library of 3,200 probiotic strains will open up opportunities in children’s immune health, Chr Hansen’s CEO says as the firm posts 13% profit growth from last year.  ...

'This product is not against cheese'

Plant-based pioneers say lactofermented soy will enrich traditional cheese sector

"Soy is good, but lactofermented soy is better," says French firm Sojami which predicts its patented process for creating plant-based cheese will lead to a vegan cheese industry as rich and...

'We find it strange ‘methodological limitations’ claimed by the panel were not specified'

‘Highly unsatisfactory’: Probi takes claim complaints to EC

The European Commission has asked the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to consider concerns raised by Swedish supplier Probi about the treatment of its rejected probiotic health claim.

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New Italian-Swedish biotech network promotes probiotics

Four companies have come together to form the biotech network Sacco System, with probiotic quality one of their core focus areas.

Cravings in Croatia: Probiotic firm launches prenatal choc supplements

Croatian supplier of probiotic chocolates Milsing has added a prenatal product to its range of supplements, a move which follows investment from several big players in pregnancy probiotics.

Seeing the pills for the packets: Specialist website offers price clarity to supplement consumers

A dedicated supplement and health food price comparison site is seeking to give UK consumers clarity in a busy, specialist market place.

Strong evidence for synbiotics and constipation relief

Synbiotics can lead to significant clinical improvement in slow transit constipation, a Chinese trial has shown. 

‘interesting insights’

Probiotics & gene interaction mapped in fermented milk: Study

New research characterising kefir has detected genes that could be responsible for health benefits of the fermented dairy beverage popular in eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Liver function probiotic addresses ‘unmet clinical need’

OMNi-BiOTiC HETOX, an eight-strain probiotic formulation from Institut Allergosan, is the first product to present a therapeutic alternative to organ transplants for sufferers of liver disease.

New study on BLIS K12 probiotic supports oral hygiene benefits in children

Science continues to build supporting Stratum Nutrition and Blis Technologies’ BLIS K12 probiotic strain and its oral hygiene benefits. This latest study focuses on children with bad breath.

To persist or not persist: Personalising probiotics

Personalising probiotics could result in a greater chance of long-term alterations to the gut microbial ecosystem, according to a study, even six months after administration.

Waste not want not: Faecal transplants effective against C.difficile infection

The transfer of stool from a healthy donor into a patient suffering from a bowel infection is a safe and effective treatment option, researchers from Germany have said. 

Probiotics may ease severity of multiple sclerosis: Study

Patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), whose diets were supplemented with probiotics, demonstrated a reduction in the severity of their condition as well as improvements to mental health.

Capsugel finding fortune ‘outside the capsule’

Business is booming at nutraceutical and pharma delivery system giant Capsugel as it reaps the benefits of a shift ‘outside the capsule’ for the first time.

Probiotics to help drive 44% rise in APAC functional foods market by 2026

The functional food ingredients market in Asia Pacific is being tipped to rise from $2.85bn at the end of 2016 to $5.04bn in 2026 with probiotics projected to be the...

Bacteria in faeces may determine body fat levels, study concludes

The type of bacteria in human faeces could decide how much dangerous fat is stored in the body, a study from Kings College, London has concluded.

Too much gluten may trigger coeliac disease in babies

High gluten intake before the age of two carries coeliac disease risk, researchers say, challenging coeliac development links with breastfeeding and age.

Alginate-starch encapsulation could aid probiotic survival

The use of a modified alginate and hi-maize starch encapsulation technique could help to increase the survival rate of probiotics, say Thai researchers.

Mixed results for probiotic cirrhosis study

Probiotics given to liver cirrhosis sufferers boosted neopterin levels and reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, but had no significant effect on white blood cells’ ability to consume bacteria, the original aim of...

'The race is on in this industry to take positions for future growth of probiotics.'

Probiotics giant buys world’s best-documented strain

Danish probiotics and enzymes leader Chr Hansen has paid €73m in cash to acquire the Lactobacillus rhamnosus-based LGG suite of probiotic strains from Finnish dairy group, Valio.

Gut bacteria’s impact on HIV patients opens door for probiotic intervention

Gut bacteria is likely to play a role in the immune recovery of HIV patients, a study has found

Unhealthy obsession with total cholesterol reduction is thwarting CVD prevention

Strategies to tackle cardiovascular disease (CVD) need to move away from statins and cholesterol reduction and focus on reducing inflammation and increasing HDL cholesterol through dietary intervention, urges a leading...

UK-China probiotics centre plans GM research

The UK-China Joint Centre for Probiotics Research is focusing on specific probiotic applications, and plans to use GM techniques to engineer highly targeted microorganisms to fight specific pathogens.

Fermented soymilk isoflavones could cut UV damage

Consuming fermented soymilk products may help protect against ultraviolet radiation damage by increasing the number of isoflavone compounds in the body, according to a study on mice.