Lallemand probiotic/vitamin blend sign of things to come

By Shane Starling

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Lallemand probiotic/vitamin blend sign of things to come

Related tags: Immune system

Institut Rosell-Lallemand is demonstrating the value of the blend with a new synbiotic formulation containing pre- and probiotics, along with select vitamins.

The blend, called ProbioKid Vita+, is being backed with EFSA-validated immunity health claims that spring not from the pre-/probiotic content as these have yet to win claims, but from the presence of vitamin C and vitamin D.

This type of blending is gaining a lot of traction in the European nutra space as companies adapt their formulations to account for the health claim opinions emanating from the European Food Safety Authority’s Parma base, even before they are written into the European Union legislature.

One academic recently suggested ‘just adding water’ to probiotic formulations to allow immunity claims, after water received a positive opinion in the last batch of article 13.1 opinions. While the suggestion was made tongue-in-cheek, it is one that is likely to be followed some suppliers/manufacturers.

Lallemand’s Probiokid Vita+ blend contains three probiotic strains (Lactobacillus helveticus ​Rosell-52, Bifidobacterium bifidum ​Rosell-71, Bifidobacterium infantis ​Rosell-33), fructo oligosaccharide plus vitamin C and D.

Lallemand’s blend has been used in a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study that was presented in 2010 at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) congress and conducted in partnership with Laboratoires Urgo in France.

The study results showed typical winter infections were reduced 25% in school-aged children, compared to placebo.

The authors concluded, “a clinically relevant beneficial effect of a 3-month daily synbiotic regimen in preventing usual acute infectious illnesses…”

EFSA vitamin-immunity claims

EFSA-approved article 13.1 general function immune claims for vitamin C and D state:

  • Contains/ Source of vitamin D that contributes to the normal function of the immune system and healthy inflammatory response.
  • Contains/ Source of vitamin C that has immunostimulating activities and that reduces tiredness and fatigue.

But to bear the claims products must contain 15% of daily recommended daily intakes (RDIs).

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Lallemand Probiotic ProbioKids Vit+

Posted by Lennart Holmgren,

The healthclaims in the news article are for adults and not for children.
D-vitamin has only an article 14 claim approved "Vitamin D is needed for normal growth and development of bone in children"
The article has wrong information about health claims for kids.

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