Digestive Health

Microbiome Research is Pushing New Horizons: Seventure Partners

13 June 2017 --- Rapidly advancing understanding of the relationship between humans and their symbiotic microbes, and how their imbalance (dysbiosis) triggers or contributes to diseases will transform opportunities for novel nutritional, diagnostic and therapeutic products, says a new report by Seventure Partners, a French venture capital firm targeting life sciences companies.

Key Interview: Ganeden Looks for Probiotic Opportunities Beyond Digestive Health

09 Jun 2017 --- Consumers increasingly self-diagnose and experiment with diets that they believe will improve gut health. These personalized diets are creating new opportunities for free from and fortification. Innova Market Insights has reported +25% CAGR from 2012 to 2016 for food & beverage launches with a digestive health positioning, with probiotics benefiting. In fact there was a +30% CAGR in new products featuring the word “probiotic” during this period, despite the term currently not being allowed in EU markets.

MGP Underscores the Benefits of Fibersym RW Resistant Wheat Starch

08 Jun 2017 --- Alcohol products and food ingredients supplier MGP has announced the results of a number of studies into the effects of using its Fibersym RW resistant wheat starch. According to the company, research from the University of Nebraska shows that MGP’s Fibersym RW resistant wheat starch has outstanding functionality attributes in snacks, breakfast cereals and bread, in addition to its fiber fortification, calorie and carbohydrate reduction and other health-related benefits. 

Thriving on Gut Feeling: Digestive Health NPD

01 Jun 2017 --- The wealth of nutritional information currently available through the Internet is allowing people to educate themselves on all things health and food related. Concerns around issues such as digestion drive consumers to increasingly self-diagnose, and experiment with personalized diets that they believe will improve their health. Pointing to the growing interest in microbiome, Lu Ann Williams, Director of Innovation at Innova Market Insights, notes that gut health is an important facet of this personalized nutrition trend, creating interesting opportunities for product development in a wide range of categories.

Interview: Chr. Hansen Tapping into Emerging Markets and Opportunities with LGG

31 May 2017 --- The probiotics category holds strong untapped potential in emerging markets and synergies between strains could also serve as inspiration for NPD. This is according to the company’s Senior Vice President Human Health, Lasse Nagell, who was strongly promoting the recently acquired LGG strain at Vitafoods Europe 2017 in Geneva. 

World Digestive Health Day Highlights Dietary Solutions to IBD

29 May 2017 --- With Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) affecting more than 2.5 million people in Europe and one in four in the US, consumers are increasingly interested in food and ingredients that support a healthy digestive system. This year's World Digestive Health Day (WDHD), organized by the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) and the WGO Foundation, draws attention to IBD and the various therapies currently being developed to treat these diseases, including dietary supplements to improve the microbiome in the gut.

DuPont Probiotic Strain Recorded for Foods with Function Claims in Japan

29 May 2017 --- Food products containing Bifidobacterium lactis HN019 from the DuPont Danisco range have recently been recorded with the Japanese Consumer Affairs Agency for Food with Function Claims. Currently, drinkable yogurts, yogurts and dietary supplements containing HN019 as a functional ingredient have been recognized for claims such as the improvement of microflora and defecation for those suffering from constipation by adjusting intestinal environments. 

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.