Digestive Health

“Ridiculously healthy” elderly have same gut microbiome as healthy 30-year-olds, according to study

12 Oct 2017 --- A potential strong link between healthy aging and a healthy gut has been shown by one of the largest microbiota studies conducted in humans. The China-Canada Institute researchers studied the gut bacteria in a cohort of more than 1,000 Chinese people in a variety of age ranges from 3 to over 100 years old. The subjects were self-selected to be extremely healthy with no known health issues and no family history of disease. The results showed a direct correlation between health and the microbes in the intestine.

Awareness of celiac disease low in Canada despite gluten-free NPD boom: study

09 Oct 2017 --- Research on a large sample of Canadians suggests that most people with celiac disease are unaware that they have it. Researchers studied the blood work of almost 3,000 Canadians and found that one in 114 (or almost one percent) had elevated antibodies that indicate they suffered from celiac disease, which causes gastric distress and other symptoms. However, almost 90 percent were unaware they had the disease. 

Synbiotics: The best of both worlds (Part 2) – Innovations and NPD opportunities

06 Oct 2017 --- Synbiotics – dietary supplements or functional food ingredients that contain both prebiotics and probiotics – are seeing a lot of innovations and new products take hold within their specialized space. Today, in the second part of a special report, NutritionInsight looks at these changes with some insights from companies that are producing synbiotics.

LNC Therapeutics raises €6.5m to reinforce its R&D in the microbiota field

29 Sep 2017 --- LNC Therapeutics, a company specialized in the research and development of gut microbiota directed drugs for the treatment of obesity and associated cardiometabolic diseases, has raised a €6.5 million (US$7.67 million) Series C funding round. This new round, co-led by Seventure Partners, brings together a consortium of investors and a family office. Additionally, the company has appointed a new chief scientific officer, Dr. Sandrine Claus, to lead the gut microbiota project.

Colorful whole food diet may help to stop colon cancer

25 Sep 2017 --- A diet that includes plenty of colorful vegetables and fruits may contain compounds that can stop colon cancer and inflammatory bowel diseases in pigs, according to an international team of researchers. Understanding how these compounds work on a molecular level could be an initial step toward finding treatments for people with cancer.

Breakthrough study shows DuPont probiotics impact intestinal microbiota in colon cancer patients

22 Sep 2017 --- A research study conducted by the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg in Gothenburg, Sweden, in collaboration with DuPont Nutrition & Health (DuPont), has produced breakthrough results demonstrating that probiotic intervention can positively alter and modify intestinal microbiota in patients with colon cancer.

Sabinsa granted US patent for synbiotic composition of shelf-stable probiotic and cranberry fibers

18 Sep 2017 --- Sabinsa has been granted a US patent on the company’s shelf-stable probiotic LactoSpore in combination with cranberry seed fibers. The granted patent (US9717766) discloses a method of increasing the viable colony count of Bacillus coagulans MTCC 5856 in a synbiotic composition containing natural plant fibers from Vaccinium oxycoccos (cranberry). The cranberry fibers in this composition were observed to increase the viable count of Bacillus coagulans MTCC 5856.

Study shows that Probi probiotics may delay the onset of gluten intolerance in children

11 Sep 2017 --- A clinical trial evaluating the effect of probiotics from Probi in children genetically predisposed for gluten intolerance has shown that these probiotics have a suppressing effect on celiac autoimmunity and may delay the onset of the disease. Celiac disease affects up to 3 percent of the population, and currently, the introduction of a lifelong gluten-free diet is the only available treatment.

Omega 3 boosts gut microbiome diversity

11 Sep 2017 --- Taking omega 3 as part of a healthy diet with plenty of fiber and probiotic foods can improve the diversity of the gut microbiome. This is according to a new study by researchers at the University of Nottingham and King’s College London.

Research sheds new light on link between gut bacteria and anxiety

25 Aug 2017 --- Research published in the open access journal Microbiome has further explained how gut bacteria may influence anxiety-like behaviors by investigating the link between gut bacteria and biological molecules called microRNAs (miRNAs) in the brain.

Gut health platform shows great scope for innovation

24 Aug 2017 --- The excitement surrounding the future of gut health products is being explored by a number of companies looking to unlock their full potential. Today, NutritionInsight follows up the first part of its special report on gut health by looking at the new ideas taking hold within the world of gut health products.

Adding oats to gluten-free diet is safe for celiac sufferers, study review suggests

23 Aug 2017 --- No evidence has been found by researchers that addition of oats to a gluten-free diet affects symptoms, histology, immunity or serologic features of patients with celiac disease. This is according to a systemic review and meta-analysis of clinical and observational studies.

Go with your gut to follow latest health trends

22 Aug 2017 --- Gut health is a hot topic in the world of nutrition. In a week when a successful trial of probiotics in treating sepsis in India has once again underlined the exciting potential for the future of gut health products, consumers and manufacturers are showing an interest in the fast-evolving understanding of their healing powers.

Researchers uncover how dietary fiber fuels gut health maintaining cells

11 Aug 2017 --- Researchers at UC Davis Health have discovered how by-products of the digestion of dietary fiber by gut microbes act as the right fuel to aid intestinal cells in maintaining gut health. The findings are significant because they identify a potential therapeutic target for rebalancing gut microbiota, adding to a growing body of knowledge on the complex interplay between gut microbiota and dietary fiber.

FODMAP Friendly: Nexira positions dietary fiber on trending platform

19 Jul 2017 --- Nexira has announced that its Fibregum meets the needs of those who require diets low in fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols (FODMAP). According to the company, Fibregum, a soluble dietary fiber sourced from acacia trees, is a highly branched polysaccharide, which ferments gradually in transverse and descending colons without generating discomfort.

Indena Boswellia formulation shown to alleviate IBS symptoms

17 Jul 2017 --- A new study has shown that Casperome, the Indena Phytosome formulation of Boswellia serrate that delivers the full natural bouquet of triterpenoids, offers rapid relief to sufferers of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Affecting 10 to 20 percent of the adult population and often unrecognized or untreated, Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic, relapsing gastrointestinal disorder. 

Gut Reaction – Microbiome Can Predict Body’s Response to Junk Foods

06 Jul 2017 --- Chemical signatures from gut bacteria which show up in urine can be used to predict how the body will respond to a “junk” diet. This is according to new research that has shown that certain compounds, produced by microbes in the guts of mice, could be used to show which animals are at greater risk of becoming obese or developing health conditions such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Personalized Nutrition Provider DayTwo Secures US$12m Series A Financing Round

04 Jul 2017 --- DayTwo, a company specialized in microbiome-health management, has completed a US$12 million Series A round of financing through Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JJDC, Inc. (JJDC), Seventure Partners’ Health for Life Capital fund, Mayo Clinic, co-founder Marius Nacht and other private investors.

Zoning in on the Specifics of the Mediterranean Diet for Colorectal Health

03 Jul 2017 --- The benefits of the “Mediterranean diet” (MD) are well-known when it comes to colorectal protection, but it’s hard to know specifically what elements of the diet are the healthiest. However, a new study, presented last week at the ESMO 19th World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer, suggests loading up on fish and fruit, and cutting back on soft drinks are the three most important things.

Cheers to That: Researchers Create Gut-Friendly Probiotic Beer

29 Jun 2017 --- Beer lovers may soon have a gut-friendly drink to raise a toast to, thanks to the creation of a novel probiotic sour beer by a team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS). This new specialty beer incorporates the probiotic strain Lactobacillus paracasei L26, which was first isolated from human intestines and can neutralize toxins and viruses, as well as regulate the immune system.