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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.

The microbes we eat: Study investigates bacteria in different diets

Researchers investigating the types of microbes found in foods from different dietary patterns have questioned whether the bacteria in our foods plays a role in the structure and function of...

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Naturally opposed? Balancing new technologies with consumer perceptions

New technologies are vital to the future growth of the food and nutrition industry, but their future success depends on much more than the science behind them.

Ganeden probiotic may boost post-exercise recovery: Pilot data

Consuming Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086 (GanedenBC30) in combination with protein may blunt muscle damage after intense exercise and boost recovery, according to findings from a pilot study.

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BioGaia to buy 35% stake in MetaboGen AB

Probiotics specialist BioGaia has said it will invest SEK 12m (€1.3m) in Swedish research company MetaboGen AB.

Gut bacteria may play role in brain protection

Our natural gut-residing microbes could play a role in controlling the permeability of the blood-brain barrier - which protects the brain from harmful substances in the blood, say researchers.

Bridging the business-science gap: Probiota 2015 takes aim at new frontiers

Probiota 2015 will return to Amsterdam next February, where global prebiotic, probiotic and microbiota focused industries and researchers will come together to bridge the gap between cutting edge science and business strategy....

Special edition: functional foods

Functional Foods: The end of the processed foods era?

To understand Functional Foods you must see it as a strategy to add value to processed foods, says the president and founder of the HealthyMarketingTeam, Peter Wennstrom, in this guest article....

Tainted science? Microbiome studies may be ‘flawed’ by contamination

Researchers may be incorrectly linking certain microbes to the microbiota and disease states because of laboratory contamination, a new study has warned.

Probiotic encapsulation backed for better delivery within food matrix

A new review describing a variety of methods for the encapsulation of probiotic bacterial strains highlights the opportunities that better encapsulation technologies could bring for the market, but warns that...

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International Probiotics Association to relocate to US; reigning chief resigns

The International Probiotics Association (IPA) is relocating to an unconfirmed US location from Europe in November. The group will replace executive director, Ioannis Misopoulos, who will remain in Switzerland.

Bran more effective than whole grain in alleviating obesity symptoms: Study

Supplementation with finger millet bran may help alleviate symptoms of obesity like oxidative stress, inflammation and gut microbial imbalances, according to mice research published in the British Journal of Nutrition....

Financials

Nutrition profits jump 23% in mixed DuPont Q3 results

DuPont is reaping the benefit of its €5bn 2011 acquisition of Danish probiotics and enzymes giant Danisco, with its nutrition and health division showing 23% profit growth in a “sluggish” world market....

We want you: Scientific committee calls for cutting edge science at Probiota 2015

A newly established scientific committee are set to assess cutting edge research for the Probiota 2015 Scientific Frontiers poster session. Don’t miss your chance to present as entries close on...

Nutrition and health drive success for Chr Hansen

Strong growth in nutrition and health has helped Chr Hansen to strong full-year results that match the expectations for the year, says the firm.

Dairy ingredients giant on Indonesia: ‘A lot of opportunities here’

Irish dairy and ingredients group Kerry sees a lot of potential in an Indonesian market where sophisticated nutritionals are gaining ground with a young demographic. It is upping investment in...

How to measure probiotic counts in chocolate

Flow cytometry – a laser-based cell sensor system – is almost twice as accurate at measuring probiotic levels in chocolate when compared to traditional methods, according to research.

Tackling toxins: Probiotic yoghurt provides mercury detox

Governments might not want to admit it, but according to a leading academic in microbiology and probiotics, there is demand for probiotic products with detoxification properties that can help protect...

What women want: Lallemand launches probiotics for female health

The absence of any EU-approved health claims for probiotics hasn’t deterred Lallemand Health Solutions from launching a suite of probiotics addressing women’s health issues.

Probiotics giant debuts soft gel with 2-year shelf life

Danish probiotics player Chr Hansen has launched a patent-pending soft gel that can deliver live probiotics with a two-year shelf life and matched it with a probiotic-omega-3 supplement targeting pregnant...

Diet may impact risk of inflammatory bone disease by changing gut bacteria

Diet may fuel or dampen susceptibility to autoinflammatory bone disease by changing the intestinal bacteria balance, according to a mouse study published in the journal Nature.

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GoodBelly teams up with Microwarriors documentary to advance public knowledge on probiotics

Leading probiotic juice brand GoodBelly is ‘confident’ its partnership with the Microwarriors documentary will help advance public knowledge about the benefits of probiotics.

Probiotic potential: Altering gut bacteria shows promise for fatty liver disease

Probiotics may have beneficial effects on the treatment and prevention of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and other related conditions, according to a new review.

India

Stars aligning for India’s growth-driven probiotics market

A combination of rising health concerns, a growing risk of stress- and lifestyle-related disorders and more brands on the market have been propelling the demand for probiotics in India.

Probiotic/vitamin C blend cuts kids’ school absence by 30%

Daily doses of probiotics plus vitamin C can reduce flu incidence and missed school days by more than 30%, according to researchers.

L. paracasei may alter intestinal microbiota in healthy people: Study

Probiotic strain Lactobacillus paracasei could alter the intestinal microbial in healthy populations, but this depends strictly on the ‘ecosystem’ of the individual, according to research. 

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