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European fermentation firms unite

French yeast and cultures specialist Lesaffre has taken a majority share in Italian fermentation biotech firm Gnosis.

Early infancy gut development has lifelong health implications: Mouse data

Sucking during early infancy is critical for the regulation of epigenetic changes in intestinal stem cells – which potentially affect our gut health for life, say researchers.

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Tate & Lyle seeks polydextrose bowel health claim

UK-based Tate & Lyle has applied for a health claim for polydextrose and improved bowel function.


Open book: The future of probiotic marketing in Europe

‘Openness’ and ‘better dialogue’ between industry, scientists and regulators were themes of the day as the newly minted European chapter of the International Probiotics Association (IPA-Europe) launched itself with a...

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Medicinal probiotics need their own legal framework

Probiotic medical products are proliferating but are regulations keeping up, asks by Dr Magali Cordaillat-Simmons, PhD, executive scientist at Pharmabiotic Research Institute (PRI) in this guest article.

Firm files health claim for probiotic and Herpes labialis recurrence

Italian dairy firm Granarolo Spa has applied for a health claim for a probiotic – prebiotic combination and the reduced recurrence of cold sores.

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Yakult wins Swiss probiotic health claim

Yakult has joined fellow probiotic giant Danone in winning health claims for its probiotic yoghurt drinks in Switzerland.

“largest dataset ever published”

Probiotics deliver significant defecation benefits in healthy people: Study

One of the largest probiotic clinical interventions has found significant improvement in gut health in healthy people.

Probiotics can change infant gut bacteria to prevent cow milk allergy: Study

Infants with allergies to cow’s milk can become tolerant after treatment with hydrolysed casein and a probiotic formula which alters their gut microbiome, according to a new study.

2016 event to fill 4 halls

Expanded Vitafoods gets a content makeover

Refined sector content will define Vitafoods Europe in Geneva next year as the continent’s premier healthy ingredients and nutraceuticals show approaches its 20th birthday.

Special edition: Inside Europe’s food supplement markets

Q&A: Industry bodies lay down the law on key European issues

European food supplement groups share insights from the law to distribution to marketing and science in this Q&A on the €7bn European supplements sector, according to Euromonitor International.

Gut microbes may play key role in iron status

The make-up of our gut bacteria may have a direct influence on iron status and storage, according to new research which also suggests certain probiotic strains may increase iron uptake...

Gut bacteria play vital role in benefits and harms of different fats: Mouse data

The impact of different dietary fats on our health may be mediated by the changes the cause in our gut bacteria ecosystem, according to new research. 

Omega-3 could help support ‘friendly bacteria’ in the gut

The omage-3 fatty acid EPA may help to support the growth and tolerance of probiotic bacterial strains in the human gut, according to new preliminary research.

Should probiotics star in Helicobacter pylori therapy?

There are some promising results but no firm conclusions when it comes to using probiotics against the stomach germ Helicobacter pylori, a review finds.

Tate & Lyle Ventures invests in Evolve BioSystems for newborn probiotics & prebiotics

Evolve BioSystems is receiving a $2 million investment from Tate & Lyle Ventures to support Evolve’s ongoing clinical activities and preparations for commercial launch of its novel probiotic and prebiotic...

Alterations to gut microbe environment may have role in type 1 diabetes risk

Changes to our gut microbiota could have a direct impact the production of antimicrobial peptides that play a role in the risk of developing type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune...

Unlocking the mysteries of the microbiome, with better software and statistics

Advances in the field of statistics and statistical software for modelling the microbiome are helping to unlock even more of its mysteries, say researchers behind the new metagenomics tools.

Japanese low-purine trend inspires Meiji PA-3 yogurt development

Greater awareness about gout and low-purine diets has not only inspired innovation by Japan's major breweries, but the country's largest dairy, Meiji. 

Probiotics won’t help you lose weight, say researchers

Probiotics are not effective for weight loss, say researchers behind a review of current data.

In the year 2020: Global nutraceuticals market to be worth €35bn; 7% annual growth forecast

Botanicals are the fastest growing nutraceutical ingredient class in a category being driven by ageing populations around the world, a report has found.

Fast food fever: Modern diets impact immune health of you and your kids

Modern ‘Western diets’ can lead to poor immune functioning and increased risk of inflammatory conditions, allergy, and auto-immunity, researchers warn.

Putting the probiotics where your mouth is: Probiotics may help oral thrush

Probiotics may help older people tackle antibiotic-induced oral Candida, says industry backed research.

Nestlé set for 1,800-strong epigenetics study on maternal diet & infant genetics

Nestlé and the EpiGen Global Research Consortium are to begin work on an 1,800-strong epigenetics study into the impact of maternal diet on infant genes and health – something the company claims...

Special Edition: Innovations in Delivery Systems

Surviving the stomach takes center stage in world of probiotic innovation

Innovation in delivery modes has been a hallmark of the probiotic space for many years. That’s because researchers saw early on that to deliver on their benefits, probiotics had to...

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