Digestive Health

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.

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.

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.

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.