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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.

DuPont health & nutrition president on mega mergers, start-up successes and new product launch plans

Despite its recent mega mergers and billion-dollar business deals, DuPont is still very much focussed on collaborating with start-ups. “Not everything has to be invented in our labs,” its nutrition...

Gut bacteria control age-related inflammation: Mouse data

Changes to our microbiome and intestinal barrier functions directly lead to increased levels of systemic inflammation as we age, say researchers who suggest such age-related inflammation is reversible.

Korean cactus juice boosts gut microbiota and eases constipation

Korean cactus juice Cheonnyuncho not only decreased constipation in rats, but its soluble fibre content also improved the rodents’ bowel movements, colon thickness and gut microbiota, a study revealed.

Second generation probiotics: ‘We’re only scratching the surface of knowledge’, says international expert.

The biggest challenge facing the probiotics sector is to spread the word of the potential gains “second generation” products can bring to a broader spectrum of health issues than just...

Special Edition: Omega-3s

Stronger Together: Can Omega-3 combination supplements attract new buyers?

While sales of omega-3 supplements have remained stagnant, brands and manufacturers are testing out the market with more omega-3 combination product launches.

Deadline for entry is April 18, 2017!

Got groundbreaking research to shout about? IPA World Congress + Probiota Americas call for abstracts

Are you researching the latest state-of-the-art developments related to prebiotic, probiotic and microbiome science relevant to human health, well-being, consumers and industry? If so, we would like to hear from...

'Exploding' genetically engineered probiotic strains could fight bacterial infections

Scientists in Singapore have managed to genetically alter some E. coli probiotic strains to sense and kill a harmful gut pathogen, which they say could be used to help protect against certain diseases. ...

EFSA must make claims process easier to promote innovation, warn experts

Health claim applications to the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) are too lengthy and too expensive, experts from the EU-backed Rediclaim said during its recent online conference.

Probiotics and omega-3: Co-microencapsulation boosts bacteria survival and fatty acid retention

The co-microencapsulation of probiotic bacteria with omega-3 rich tuna oil improved its survival and intestinal adhering ability, and also helped to retain a higher proportion of omega-3 fatty acids in...

Evolutionary explanation? Research reveals how gut bacteria adapted to human breast milk

Researchers say they have uncovered a possible evolutionary route for the mutually beneficial relationship between gut microbes and humans. 

Combined with omega-3 oil, microencapsulated probiotic has higher survival rate, says study

When a probiotic is co-encapsulated with omega-3-rich tuna oil, not only do the bacteria adhere better on the intestinal wall, but more chemically intact omega-3 fatty acids are released from...

Fonterra probiotic shows potential to prevent diabetes in pregnancy

Dairy giant Fonterra’s naturally occurring probiotic could be responsible for a 68% reduction in gestational diabetes in pregnant women, according to researchers.

Chr. Hansen posts ‘strong’ H1 with organic revenue growth of 10%

Food and nutrition bioscience firm Chr. Hansen says it is well positioned to deliver its ambitious full year targets, as it reports 10% organic revenue growth for the first half...

Probiotics could help offset long term behavioural effects of early-life antibiotic use

Co-administration probiotics can help offset some of the lasting behavioural effects of penicillin treatment in early life, a mouse model study has shown.

‘Fragmented’ Europe needs nutrition research platform

EU project to create unified infrastructure for food and nutrition research

A pan-EU consortium is looking to build an online ‘nutrition hub’ that will unify the way research relating to food, nutrition and health is done across the continent.

NutraIngredients Awards: Readers' category open ... YOU decide who wins!

Have your say and vote to decide who will win Readers’ Ingredient of the Year and Readers’ Food Supplement of the Year at this year’s NutraIngredients Awards.

Probiotics and memory: When conclusions can go too far

A recent rodent study indicated that a combination of probiotics may impair memory in healthy animals – conclusions that industry experts say go ‘a bit too far’, and are at...

DuPont to acquire FMC’s health and nutrition business in billion dollar food-crop swap

DuPont will acquire FMC’s health and nutrition business and divest part of its crop chemical business in what it says is “a meaningful step forward” for the proposed DuPont and...

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Healthy trends at IFE : From 'free-from', to functional teas, chickpeas, and protein waters

This week saw the International Food Exhibition (IFE) come to London. The mega-show brought out the latest offerings from small traders, multinationals, and food service. From the latest meat-free offerings,...

Probiotics/prebiotics: Large-scale trials needed to asses Crohn’s disease potential

Large trials are desperately needed to understand if supplements and dietary interventions can play a positive role in the treatment of Crohn’s disease, according to academics in Japan.

Just Thrive Probiotic chosen for HIV trial, company says

Thrive Probiotic has gathered data on the company’s Just Thrive Probiotic supplement and its effect on leaky gut syndrome. The results, which have yet to be published, were compelling enough...

Immune boost: DuPont meta-analysis shows positive results for probiotic in elderly

The probiotic strain B. lactis HN019 has a positive effect on the immune system in elderly people, finds a new meta-analysis by DuPont as it launches a new product range....

Your Voice Matters

Have your say today: NutraIngredients state of the industry survey

Which consumer trends will be important for your business? Are European markets too fragmented? What is in store for your category? How are EU rules affecting your prospects? To gauge...

38 finalists will battle it out in 13 categories

Finalists announced: Find out who made the NutraIngredients Awards 2017 shortlist

NutraIngredients is pleased to announce the shortlisted finalists for the 2017 edition of the NutraIngredients Awards, ... with the winners announced at our exclusive awards evening in Geneva on 10th May. Will...

No silver bullet? Probiotics have ‘little impact’ when taken with a balanced diet

Probiotics improved the microbiota of rats fed junk food and boosted their cognitive function, but had little impact on healthy animals and actually impaired memory.