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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.

Study opens possibility of using algae to manage inflammation via the microbiome

Algal solution: Could Spirulina modify the microbiome to protect against age-related damage?

Spirulina might help protect against age-related liver inflammation by modifying pathways in the microbiome, say researchers.

Biosearch Life’s mastitis remedy another casualty of EFSA’s probiotic rejection list

Regulatory authorities have rejected Biosearch Life’s health claim relating to its probiotic strain and its role in decreasing Staphylococcus load in breast milk, which is a risk factor for infectious mastitis....

Infant gut bacteria link with smarter toddlers: Study

The make-up of babies’ gut microbiomes may be associated with with later cognitive development, suggests new research.

Cause or consequence? Investigating the link between gut bacteria and heart health

People with heart failure have been found to have less gut bacteria diversity and lack certain important species groups. So are changes in our microbiome causing heart disease, or visa-versa?

Potent Red Clover isoflavone-probiotic mix combine to ease menopausal signs: Study

The fermented form of isoflavone and probiotic-rich red clover is effective in halting the accelerated bone loss and associated symptoms seen in menopausal women, according to a Danish study.

Outlining 'environmental' view of microbiome awaits craftier study designs, experts say

A more holistic, environmental view of the human gut microbiome is taking shape among researchers, but confounding factors complicate the task of fully elucidating this via tenable study designs.

Bioavailability boost: Study backs frankincense to ease IBS symptoms

A new proprietary method to deliver the Indian botanical extract Boswellia, could boost bioavailability and help manage the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), finds a study by Italian botanical...

International probiotics experts and global firms to feature at first Probiota Asia summit

A world-class line up of international probiotics experts will feature at our first Probiota Asia summit, to be held in Singapore in October.

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WATCH: Probiotics in China — ‘The market is set to explode’

The probiotics sector is forecast to soar by 23% in China to 2020 and even greater long-term growth beckons if the industry unites to better educate consumers and regulators.

Inflammatory bowel disease: Manipulating the gut microbiome a promising future treatment option

There is considerable promise in manipulating the gut microbiome to treat the two main forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, according to a new review....

Rising expectations: Health and nutrition drive ‘strong’ Q3 for Chr Hansen

Probiotic and natural colours player Chr Hansen reported a 10% growth in organic revenue in the first nine months, leading the company to slightly raise full year expectations.

News in brief

French venture fund bets on Japanese microbiome firm with €11.6 m investment

Seventure’s Health for Life Capital fund has announced a €11.6 million ($13.2m) financing of Tokyo-based microbiome firm Anaeropharma Science.

Personalised nutrition player DayTwo gains €10.6 million investment

Microbiome app developer DayTwo has secured €12 million (€10.6m) investment from Seventure Partners’ Health for Life Capital fund, as part of a series A round of fundraising.

Global microbiome market to triple by 2022, with France a primary driver

The global microbiome market is forecast to nearly triple in size to €0.44bn ($0.5bn) by 2022, according to a new report, which pinpointed France, Israel and the US as market...

Probiotic beer created at Singapore university has 'commercial potential'

Researchers in Singapore who have created a probiotic beer are on the lookout for industry partners to launch the product to consumers.

Olive fermentation yeast strains have probiotic potential, study finds

Researchers have called for further testing and fresh investment in novel and non-dairy probiotics after new research suggests that some yeast strains involved in the fermentation of table olives have...

Can probiotics help respiratory illnesses in athletes?

Despite widespread interest in improving athletes’ health and performance with probiotics, the reduction of Upper Respiratory Tract Infections (URTIs) in humans has achieved substantial confirmatory evidence.

Probiotic from Tibetan kefir grains can provide antioxidant boost to functional foods: Study

The probiotic strain L. plantarum MA2 from traditional Tibetan kefir grains has significant antioxidant properties, in addition to its previously reported cholesterol lowering credentials.

Ganeden bets on inactivated probiotic ingredient for new applications

Probiotic giant Ganeden says its new immune ingredient looks to take the benefits of its validated strain into categories and areas that probiotics cannot be used.

Review links microbiome makeup to autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) symptoms could be reduced by altering gut bacteria makeup, according to a review of more than 150 papers.

Industry innovation can help target products to the elderly

The industry can do more to target fashionable high protein foods and drinks to the over 65s market, while rest of Europe should follow Norway with nutrition-filled NPD for the...

Gut health & sleep: Is there potential for pre- and probiotics for sleep improvement?

The potential link between the gut microbiota and sleep is emerging, so could prebiotics and probiotics find a lucrative place in the booming natural sleep aid category?

‘Next gen’ probiotics: Chr. Hansen adds 100 new strain development library

Danish bioscience firm Chr. Hansen says 100 new strains added to its library could help development of new commercial probiotics for a range of metabolic, immune, and digestive health issues.

Probiotic blend to tackle infant infection deemed safe by researchers

A probiotic blend for use in infants to help prevent the reoccurrence of winter infections is safe and well tolerated, a study concludes.

B. infantis probiotic alters babies' bowel habits for the better

Evolve BioSystems has announced results of a study that shows its strain of B. infantis probiotic is safe to give to infants and significantly alters their microbiomes and bowel habits....