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Could prebiotics help iron-deficient anaemics?

Prebiotic supplementation may help increase the expression of proteins that regulate iron absorption, according to research in anaemic rats.

Gut bacteria could predict food allergies

Levels and variety of infant gut bacteria may be used to predict food allergies or asthma, say researchers from the University of Alberta. 

Gut microbiota shifts could predict diabetes risk, suggests study

The composition of our microbiota may change through the development of pre-diabetes and diabetes, thus predicting risk and potentially leading to new ways to aid blood sugar management, say researchers.

Better together? Co-encapsulation study shows potential for stable omega-3 and probiotic mix

New research describing the stable co-encapsulation of omega-3 rich oil with probiotic bacteria could be a boon for manufacturers looking to incorporate the functional ingredients in to foods and supplements,...

Industry creating 'health halos' by adding vitamins, says BEUC

Adding in vitamins and minerals is one way the industry is getting around current health and nutrition regulation and creating a 'health halo' around otherwise unhealthy products, according to the European...

Cultured views from Probiota 2015 in Amsterdam

Game on: Probiotics & sports performance

Clinical data is building around the role of probiotics to aid athletic performance – from recovery to muscle development to immune defense. We spoke to a leading researcher at Probiota...

Yakult at Probiota 2015: “We want to be clear that before we invest we need to have some dialogue with EFSA...”

6 years of hurt: Probiotic heavyweights debate the EU’s health claim blockade

Yakult and leading academics expressed frustration at what they see as unfair and opaque scientific requirements around probiotic health claims in the European Union – but how much is industry...

How can reviews be used to get a probiotic health claim?

If the probiotic industry wants to secure a health claim it must scientifically justify its use of reviews looking at more than one strain, according to research backed by the...

Habitual yogurt eaters in Spain fail to report improved health-related quality of life

Habitual yogurt eating showed no association with improved health-related quality of life reports among 4,000+ Spanish adults, scientists conclude in a new study, but they admit their work has several limitations.

New patented probiotic for Nestlé toddler formula

Nestlé and Swedish-based supplier BioGaia have announced the launch of a new toddler formula containing the patented probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis.

EFSA issues immune and gut health claim guidance; 'It will be better for all concerned'

EFSA has issued a long-awaited immune and gut health claim guidance document it says draws on years of dossier assessment and includes biomarker updates, but a leading consultant was left...

Probiotic strain counting: New method proposed at Probiota

A new method of quantifying probiotic content in products promises greater accuracy and efficiency, according to emerging research.

"The EU is the only region in the world where the use of the term ‘probiotic’ is banned.”

Probiotic sector chief: ‘I am ashamed how the EU is dealing with this’

The secretary general of a leading probiotic association has launched a stinging attack on the European Union health claims regime she said is discriminatory, confusing and shameful.

New science takes centre stage at Probiota Scientific Frontiers session

The winners of the Probiota Scientific Frontiers poster sessions took centre stage today, offering insights into bacterial strain assessment, novel yeasts and practical translation of probiotic science. 

Probiotic drink may help control insulin resistance: Healthy human research

Probiotic supplementation may be useful in preventing insulin resistance caused by excessive consumption of high-fat foods, according to industry-backed research published in the British Journal of Nutrition.

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Probiotic yeast shows IBS benefits: 63% v 47% (placebo)

A proprietary probiotic yeast reduced abdominal discomfort among Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) sufferers, a study has found.

Insider: The three groups reached accord “surprisingly quickly”

3 into 1: Euro probiotics sector unites as sector sales drop 8%

Europe’s three biggest probiotic groups have united behind a new European chapter of the International Probiotics Association (IPA) to deal with the “critical” 6-year regulatory imbroglio that has seen an EU-wide...

Probiotic pill shows promise in blood sugar management and battling diabetes: Rat data

A genetically engineered strain of human gut bacteria from the lactobacillus family could help to slash in incidence of high blood sugar by up to 30%, according to new research...

Probiotic industry value set to reach £29bn

Sales of probiotic food, drink and supplements are set to reach £29bn by 2018, as consumers seek food-based answers to health issues, according to one expert commentator.

Clinical trial backs probiotic strain to help reduce cold and flu in times of stress

Regular consumption of the probiotic strain Bifidobacterium bifidum R0071 is associated with more ‘healthy days’ and a lower reporting of cold or flu, according to new research in academically stressed...

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Researchers ‘astounded’ by results of probiotic peanut allergy study

A probiotic could hold the key to treating peanut allergies in children, researchers in Melbourne have found.

Probiota 2015, February 3-5, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

6 days to go! Probiota 2015 unveils game-changing innovation in pre- & probiotics

Probiota 2015 in Amsterdam is less than a week a way - a rare place where business leaders and leading researchers gather to transfer knowledge and innovation in the dynamic...

“Food companies will be able to use the knowledge that we develop.”

30 players, 5-years: EU project investigates obesity, energy and the microbiome (& more)

A 30-party, EU-backed project is investigating the human microbiome to better understand how gut microbial populations are affected by nutritional inputs – and its effect on human health factors like...

African probiotic project reaching 10,000 infants a day

The potential of probiotics to benefit maternal and infant morbidity and mortality is being shown in on-the-ground projects in Africa and elsewhere, according to lifelong researcher, maternal and infant morbidity...

New link adds weight to 'hygiene hypothesis'

Gut bacteria linked to lower MS risk in women

A common gut microbe could help to curb the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) in women, according to new data.