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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.

Omega-3 could help support ‘friendly bacteria’ in the gut

The omage-3 fatty acid EPA may help to support the growth and tolerance of probiotic bacterial strains in the human gut, according to new preliminary research.

Should probiotics star in Helicobacter pylori therapy?

There are some promising results but no firm conclusions when it comes to using probiotics against the stomach germ Helicobacter pylori, a review finds.

Tate & Lyle Ventures invests in Evolve BioSystems for newborn probiotics & prebiotics

Evolve BioSystems is receiving a $2 million investment from Tate & Lyle Ventures to support Evolve’s ongoing clinical activities and preparations for commercial launch of its novel probiotic and prebiotic...

Alterations to gut microbe environment may have role in type 1 diabetes risk

Changes to our gut microbiota could have a direct impact the production of antimicrobial peptides that play a role in the risk of developing type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune...

Unlocking the mysteries of the microbiome, with better software and statistics

Advances in the field of statistics and statistical software for modelling the microbiome are helping to unlock even more of its mysteries, say researchers behind the new metagenomics tools.

Japanese low-purine trend inspires Meiji PA-3 yogurt development

Greater awareness about gout and low-purine diets has not only inspired innovation by Japan's major breweries, but the country's largest dairy, Meiji. 

Probiotics won’t help you lose weight, say researchers

Probiotics are not effective for weight loss, say researchers behind a review of current data.

In the year 2020: Global nutraceuticals market to be worth €35bn; 7% annual growth forecast

Botanicals are the fastest growing nutraceutical ingredient class in a category being driven by ageing populations around the world, a report has found.

Fast food fever: Modern diets impact immune health of you and your kids

Modern ‘Western diets’ can lead to poor immune functioning and increased risk of inflammatory conditions, allergy, and auto-immunity, researchers warn.

Putting the probiotics where your mouth is: Probiotics may help oral thrush

Probiotics may help older people tackle antibiotic-induced oral Candida, says industry backed research.

Nestlé set for 1,800-strong epigenetics study on maternal diet & infant genetics

Nestlé and the EpiGen Global Research Consortium are to begin work on an 1,800-strong epigenetics study into the impact of maternal diet on infant genes and health – something the company claims...

Special Edition: Innovations in Delivery Systems

Surviving the stomach takes center stage in world of probiotic innovation

Innovation in delivery modes has been a hallmark of the probiotic space for many years. That’s because researchers saw early on that to deliver on their benefits, probiotics had to...

Probiotics offer potential ‘safe, low cost, non-antibiotic’ strategy for infections

Clostridium difficile infections have been noted by EU and US health authorities as an ‘emerging’ healthcare threat – costing the US $1bn annually. Now, researchers preparing a pilot study are looking at whether probiotics...

Probiotic pair may improve lipid metabolism: Human data

Supplements containing Lactobacillus curvatus HY7601 and Lactobacillus plantarum KY1032 may reduce triglyceride levels, and improve other markers of heart health, says a new study from Korea.

Fatty liver disease is a major untapped opportunity for nutraceuticals; platform established

Research, focus and regulatory cunning will be needed if the nutraceutical industry is to tap into the relatively unexplored area of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), says the consultancy firm...

Something about dairy? Delivery vehicle boosts probiotic efficacy: Studies

Probiotics are more effective when ingested with dairy products, UC Davis research suggests. 

Spread the word: Peanut butter delivers probiotics through gastrointestinal jeopardy

Peanut butter could be a novel way of protecting probiotics as they pass through the gastrointestinal passage, say researchers.

Probiotic fermented milk may improve airway allergies: Danone study

Probiotic fermented milk may improve airway allergies through immune system shift, says Argentinian research funded by Danone.

Firm takes hit for customer’s online promotion: ‘If you benefit from it, you’re responsible for it’

Multi-level marketer Le-Vel Brands has been penalised by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for the social media marketing of one of its promoter-come-customers.

Flaxseed beats probiotics for improved insulin sensitivity & altered microbiota

A study comparing fibrous flaxseed with probiotics has questioned the latter’s ability to alter gut microbiota and improve obesity-related metabolic diseases. 

patent watch

Nestlé files patent for pregnancy probiotic

Nestlé has filed a patent for probiotics to be taken during pregnancy and lactation, which it says help reduce the risk of allergies for the infant. 

Ex-education director takes DG SANTE top spot

Xavier Prats Monne is to become the new general director of the European Commission’s health and food safety unit, DG SANTE, a position he takes on after the resignation of Paola Testori...

Probiota Americas

New gut models facilitating microbiome research

The understanding of what happens within the human digestive system has always been hampered by the inability to observe that system in action, leave alone the imperfect understanding of one...

Microbiome changes may be key to better metabolic health in obesity

The gut microbe Akkermansia muciniphila may hold the key to better metabolic health and healthier body fat distribution in people who are overweight or obese, say researchers.

Special edition: Immunity

Pre- & Probiotics market snap-shot; ban to cost €1.5bn by 2020 in EU6

The EU’s ban on prebiotics and probiotics as marketing tools has cost the market €500m and will cost a further €1bn by 2020 according to Euromonitor International data – and...

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