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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....

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Biopolymer microgels improve probiotic viability, study suggests

Delivering probiotics via alginate-gelatin microgels could help survival into the large intestine.

What is a probiotic? IPA releases guidance document on qualifying probiotics

The definition of probiotic varies by region, and an increasing number of products potentially mislabeled as “probiotic”. In response, the International Probiotics Association has released a guidance document.

Special Edition: Bone & Joint Health

Can bone health be improved through microbiota manipulation?

Bone mineral density could be altered by prebiotics and probiotics, according to a new review that links diet-induced obesity, the gut microbiota and bone health.

DuPont’s probiotic strain registered for Foods with Function Claims in Japan

Dupont’s probiotic strain Bifidobacterium lactis HN019 has been has been registered for Foods with Function Claims in Japan.

Gut microbe health boosted after weight loss surgery, study finds

A profound shift in gut microbes and their metabolites occurs after weight loss surgery, a study finds, once again highlighting their core role in nutrient micro-management and weight control.

Prebiotic and antioxidant-packed white chocolate: 'A promising opportunity for industry'

Adding prebiotics and an antioxidant source to white chocolate can alter its taste and texture, but a new sensory analysis reported that consumers still ranked it highly, with researchers concluding...

Nestlé-backed study links probiotic strain and depression

Probiotics could help relieve symptoms of depression in addition to aiding gastrointestinal upsets, according to new Canadian research backed by Nestlé.

Is dairy a hindrance and not a help for probiotics growth?

The vast majority of new product development for functional foods featuring probiotics “remains in the dairy space”, but this may be more of a hindrance than a help for the...

Evolve BioSystems: We’re facing a ‘generational loss’ of critical gut bacteria in infants

Research into the gut microbiome suggests that the ‘generational loss’ of a specific variety of beneficial bacteria - B. infantis - in the infant gut could increase the risk for a...

Probiota Americas built around cutting edge research

Experts from diverse research fields including infant health, skin health and global microbial demographics will expand the view of the microbiome at the upcoming 2017 IPA World Congress + Probiota...

Could probiotics restore microbiome imbalance linked to autoimmune disorder?

Probiotics might help restore gut bacterial imbalance in patients with systemic sclerosis, says a new study looking at gastrointestinal bacterial compositions in two geographically-distinct populations suffering from the autoimmune disorder.

Australian probiotics outfit Evolution Health experiencing Chinese boom

Steady demand for Australian health products has prompted Melbourne-based probiotics specialist Evolution Health to invest heavily in China, with the firm now eyeing greater global expansion.

Danone Nutricia study backs synbiotic to ‘normalise’ microbiota after C-section

Supplementation with a synbiotic combination could help normalise the microbiota of infants born by Caesarean, according to new research heralded as a ‘big step’.

Dupont probiotic shows modest effect on common cold nasal inflammation

A study using a DuPont probiotic strain showed a modest effect on the inflammatory response in the nose in response to an infection with a common cold virus.

Winners revealed: Find out who won out at the NutraIngredients Awards 2017!

Leading members of the functional food, supplements, and healthy nutrition industry gathered in Geneva this week to celebrate huge successes ... and find out who won out in the battle...

VITAFOODS EUROPE 2017

Vitafoods 2017 in tweets

All the social media highlights from Geneva.

What's on the label isn't always what's in the product

Do commercial probiotics need better quality controls?

Probiotic products should have a more stringent quality control process with processes that ensure contents match what is on the label, warns a new position paper.