Digestive Health

Research Suggests More Sensitive Approaches to Monitor Bowel Diseases

16 May 2017 --- A University of Manchester test on the mucus lining of the intestine, performed in mice, has found changes in bacteria that could lead to inflammatory bowel disease 12 weeks earlier than previously possible through looking at stool samples, leading to the possibility of earlier diagnosis and better management of the disease in humans. Inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis are chronic conditions that can cause severe pain, weight loss and diarrhea.

Survey: Colorectal Cancer Reported Frequently in Individuals with Unhealthy Lifestyle

09 May 2017 --- A Cleveland Clinic colon cancer risk assessment survey found that respondents who exercised more, followed a healthy diet and did not smoke were less likely to have a personal history of colorectal cancer or colon polyps.

Group to Study Effect of Tailored Nutrition on IBS

21 Apr 2017 --- A research partnership is set to study how diet can improve the quality of life of patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The group will use the study’s findings to provide a scientific basis for the development of foods and supplements aimed at relieving the symptoms of this chronic condition.

Arjuna’s Gut Health Herbal Blend Approved in Belgium

06 Apr 2017 --- The Belgian government has granted Arjuna Natural Extracts official recognition to market its proprietary herbal blend for overall wellness in Belgium, which would make registration and notification in all other European countries possible. The blend, branded “Herbagut,” consists of 14 herbal extracts, all approved as non-Novel Food by the European Commission and accepted for use in food supplements.

ABC Encourages US Supplement Companies to Join OWL Product Registry

04 Apr 2017 --- The American Botanical Council (ABC) has endorsed the Online Wellness Library, (OWL) product registry, and is now encouraging its members to register with the organization, specifically those who market branded botanical dietary supplement products.

AIDP Expands Digestive Health and “Healthy Aging” Ingredient Portfolios

03 Apr 2017 --- Functional ingredients manufacturer AIDP has signed an exclusive license and distribution agreement with agrotechnology company Anagenix to market its kiwifruit-based ingredients, Actazin and Livaux. Anagenix is a New Zealand-based company specializing in the discovery of natural bioactives. Actazin is a cold-pressed powdered kiwi fruit concentrate that is a natural source of prebiotics, fiber, enzymes and polyphenols and may support bowel function.

April is IBS Awareness Month, Nutrition Industry Highlights FODMAP Friendly Trend

03 Apr 2017 --- During April, the IBS Network, the national charity that supports people living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, will be promoting IBS Awareness Month. By talking openly about the “debilitating long-term condition”, the charity aims to encourage more research, improve education and promote effective self-management for those with IBS. 

Ajinomoto Co.’s “Ajinomoto Foundation” Receives Public Interest Authorization

03 Apr 2017 --- Ajinomoto Co has announced that The Ajinomoto Foundation, which it established as a general incorporated foundation in August 2016 to contribute to improving nutrition through eating well, was authorized as a public interest incorporated foundation on April 1, 2017.

QHT Introduces Water-Less Prebiotic Range for Probiotic Survivability

31 Mar 2017 --- Quantum Hi-Tec China (QHT) has launched a new range of prebiotics that it says act as the perfect companion for probiotics due to its “low water activity.”

ibSium Can Help to Manage Symptoms of Gastrointestinal Disorders

23 Mar 2017 --- Lesaffre Human Care has announced that findings of a recent meta-analysis support claims that ibSium benefits gastrointestinal disorders. The research reveals that subjects who consumed ibSium felt 12.3% less pain/gastrointestinal discomfort than when consuming a placebo.

Obesity and Saturated Fats Lead to Faster Aging, Says Study

17 Feb 2017 --- Obesity, or a high-fat diet, can lead to changes in the immune system similar to those observed with aging, according to new research published this week in Experimental Physiology.

Gut Microbiome and Diet May Affect Depression

17 Feb 2017 --- An international group of researchers have published a study in the paper, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic, that demonstrates new links between the intestinal flora and several disorders such as depression.

Further Studies Highlight Benefits of BENEO’s Chicory Fiber

09 Feb 2017 --- BENEO’s prebiotic chicory root fibers have been found to support digestive health by improving bowel regularity and softening stools, while being very well tolerated. The findings come from two recently published scientific studies, which are building on findings from earlier research.

Low FODMAP Drink Powder Wins “Super Food 2017" Award

11 Jan 2017 --- The “Finnish Health Product Retailers Association”, an organization that celebrates quality products with health-boosting properties each year, and has awarded Sunwic with the “Super Food 2017” award. The drink powder is produced by Valioravinto, and consists of 100% Sunfiber — a soluble fiber from Taiyo.

High Fiber Diets Could Ease Inflammation Caused by Gout

05 Jan 2017 --- A high-fiber diet likely inhibits gout-related inflammation caused by monosodium urate (MSU) crystals, according to new animal research published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology.

Foods Rich in Resistant Starch May Benefit Health

05 Jan 2017 --- A new comprehensive review has examined the potential health benefits of resistant starch. The review includes research suggesting it can aid blood sugar control, support gut health and enhance satiety via increased production of short chain fatty acids.

New High Fiber Ingredient Created From Apple Production Waste Stream

22 Dec 2016 --- The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are well known, but the New Zealand biotech company, based in Hamilton; CNS Biotechnology, is moving this idea to the next level by introducing the concept of “Inner Fitness.” Most fiber products are marketed for bowel regularity.

Nutrition Company Launched To Help Fight Chronic Illness

21 Dec 2016 --- An Edinburgh nutritionist and fitness expert has used her chronic irritable bowel syndrome to inspire her new business, which aims to bring good nutrition and exercise to people’s busy lives. Lorraine Cunningham launched her new company – Nutritious Lolly – to offer easy-to-follow actionable nutrition advice that fits around busy lifestyles. 

Weight Loss Surgery Linked to Gastrointestinal Complaints

20 Dec 2016 --- A new study has found that patients who undergo weight loss surgery often complain of gastrointestinal problems after. Laparoscopic gastric bypass is an effective treatment for obesity, but may be the route of the issues.

Study Shows Sweeteners and Sugar May Have Same Effect on Appetite

15 Dec 2016 --- A new study has shown that the body reacts to sugar, Stevia, monk fruit or aspartame, in the same way, stating that in the end, the four options have the same effect in terms of overall energy intake and the levels of glucose and insulin in the blood. The study was published in Springer Nature’s International Journal of Obesity.