Immune Health

Probiotic peanut allergy treatment: Chr. Hansen enters new partnership

18 Apr 2018 --- Probiotic strain, LGG, can potentially play a part in peanut allergy treatment. Prota Therapeutics, developer of oral immunotherapies to treat food allergies, has partnered with Chr. Hansen, Danish food ingredients producer, to assess LGG in a clinical trial to develop a treatment for the allergy. Chr. Hansen tells NutritionInsight that the partnership is in effect as from today, and strengthens the position of Chr. Hansen in a market expected to grow to €10billion by 2025.

Immunity booster: Ingredia launches new lactoferrin ingredient

06 Apr 2018 --- Ingredia is to launch Proferrin, a native lactoferrin derived from French cow’s milk. According to the company, its expertise in cutting-edge separation techniques allows it to ensure that Proferrin features the highest purity on the market, with more than 96 percent of lactoferrin on total proteins. Proferrin aims to help people reinforce their immune system, such as children, pregnant women, athletes and the aging population. 

Immunity boosters (Part 2): Not diplomatic about immunity – Innovation, new ingredients and R&D

12 Feb 2018 --- Immune health continues to drive trends in the nutrition industry. Today, in the second part of a special report, NutritionInsight continues its in-depth look at the latest ideas in the industry in the immune health space.

Probi’s largest clinical trial confirms the immune enhancing impact of Defendum probiotic

07 Feb 2018 --- Probi's largest clinical trial ever, focused on probiotic immune health, has confirmed a strong clinical immune enhancing effect of Probi Defendum. According to the company, the study proves that Probi Defendum helps protect against recurrent colds and sheds some light on the mechanism of action behind the effect.

Immunity boosters (Part 1): Not diplomatic about immunity – Trends, opportunities and delivery systems

06 Feb 2018 --- Immunity boosters are a popular way of staying on top of immune health: from capsules and tablets to fortified food and beverages, these ingredients are in demand all year round thanks to their protective qualities. Today, NutritionInsight takes a look at the latest developments on the immunity platform.

Antibiotic innovation: Research group calls for 50 percent investment increase as resistance threats intensify

22 Jan 2018 --- The World Health Organization (WHO) has deemed antibiotic resistance to be one of the three greatest threats to human health today, as bacteria become increasingly resistant and too few treatments are being developed to combat them. The research project DRIVE-AB, a consortium managed by the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and AstraZeneca, has determined that a market entry reward of $1 billion per antibiotic globally could significantly increase the number of new antibiotics coming to the market in the next 30 years.

Fast food found to make the immune system more aggressive in the long term

12 Jan 2018 --- The immune system reacts similarly to a high fat and high-calorie diet as to a bacterial infection, according to a study by the University of Bonn. What is particularly disturbing is that unhealthy food seems to make the body's defenses more aggressive in the long term. Even long after switching to a healthy diet, inflammation towards innate immune stimulation is more pronounced, the researchers found. These long-term changes may be involved in the development of arteriosclerosis and diabetes, diseases linked to Western diet consumption. The results are to be published in the journal Cell.

DSM expands gut health ingredients portfolio with acquisition of BioCare Copenhagen

02 Jan 2018 --- Royal DSM has acquired BioCare Copenhagen A/S to expand its offering in gut health ingredients with probiotics, an attractive market segment in nutritional ingredients, growing an estimated 7 percent per year. Financial details will not be disclosed at this time.

Ganeden: Branded functional ingredients reign as top 2017 trend in foods & beverage industry

21 Dec 2017 --- The food and beverage market has seen a plethora of new trends and innovative product launches, but branded functional ingredients topped the charts in interest and success in 2017 – a trend anticipated to continue throughout 2018, according to probiotic ingredient manufacturer Ganeden. Demand for healthier versions of everyday foods and beverages that offer additional health benefits continues to rise, and probiotics have shown to be a preferred solution for manufacturers. These companies are choosing to formulate with branded strains, which are supported by extensive research, formulation assistance, certifications and consumer awareness.  

Link between immune function and osteoarthritic pain and progression uncovered

30 Nov 2017 --- The immune system plays a pivotal role in the amount of pain and disease progression experienced by patients with osteoarthritis (OA), researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada have found. This discovery could lead to new strategies for improving joint pain management and immune function in the ever-increasing number of older adults with arthritis. In the US in particular, it has been suggested that the actual number of sufferers is much higher than current estimates

Wellmune’s immune health benefits during and after exercise confirmed by new study

16 Nov 2017 --- Adults at an average fitness level show improvement in immune health both during and after strenuous exercise when taking Wellmune, a natural immune health ingredient found in food, beverages and supplements. The further benefits of the proprietary baker’s yeast beta-glucan, part of Kerry’s nutrition and wellness portfolio, have come out in a newly published clinical study.

Kemin and Valensa partner on algae-sourced beta-glucans for immunity

29 Sep 2017 --- Kemin Industries and Valensa International have partnered up to jointly supply and market BetaVia ingredients, immune-supporting beta-glucans sourced from a proprietary strain of algae (Euglena gracilis), in the US dietary supplement and functional food and beverage markets. 

Additional studies highlight immune health benefits of Ganeden’s Staimune

25 Sep 2017 --- Ganeden has announced additional studies confirming the benefits of its novel immune health ingredient Staimune. The new ingredient became available earlier this summer and utilizes the inactivated cells of the patented shelf-stable probiotic strain GanedenBC30 to support immune health, at cost-effective inclusion levels, the company announced in its press release.

FrieslandCampina, NIZO, NutriLeads Join Forces to Accelerate Health Benefits Development

08 Jun 2017 --- FrieslandCampina, NIZO and NutriLeads are joining forces in the Challenge consortium, which will aim to develop new food ingredients that will support resistance to infections, as well as affordable and predictive research models in healthy volunteers to allow companies accelerated market access.

Vitamin D Supplementation During Pregnancy Helps Protect Babies Against Asthma

30 May 2017 --- Taking vitamin D supplements during pregnancy can positively modify the immune system of the newborn baby, according to a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. A boost to the immune system could help protect the child against asthma and respiratory infections, a known risk factor for developing asthma in childhood.

Immunity Boosters: Standout Trend at Vitafoods 2017

15 May 2017 --- Immune health featured prominently at Vitafoods Europe this year, with a series of product launches targeting different types of consumers. Innova Market Insights held a presentation at this year’s event (Education Programme), drawing particular attention to the growth of the immune health platform, which accounts for 31% of new supplement launches reported in 2016. From 2015 to 2016, the number of launches has continued to grow, by +24%. 

Key Interview: How the FODMAP Trend Could Affect the Dietary Fiber Market

25 Apr 2017 --- The low FODMAP trend is making ripples in the nutrition industry, with Nestle recently launching its low FODMAP snack drink, “ProNourish” designed to help people with IBS snack easily, and get enough low FODMAP fiber on the go.

Today NutritionInsight talks to Dr Stefan Siebrecht, the Managing Director of Taiyo in Germany, who provided the low FODMAP dietary fiber, Sunfiber, which is used in the new nutritional drink. We chat about what opportunity the low FODMAP trend presents the company, and how the Sunfiber brand could profit from it.

Newly Discovered Molecular Mechanism Offers Perspectives on Targeting Autoimmune Diseases

19 Apr 2017 --- Scientists of the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH) have discovered a so far unknown molecular mechanism by which the human immune system activates its immune cells: T cells, a particular type of white blood cells, effectively ward off pathogens if a gene known as Gclc is expressed within them. The Gclc gene encodes a protein instrumental for the production of a substance called glutathione – a molecule that was previously known only to eliminate harmful waste products of metabolism such as reactive oxygen species and free radicals.

Applied Food Sciences Secure Patent for Producing Guayusa Extract

28 Mar 2017 --- Applied Food Sciences, Inc. (AFS) has announced it is now the exclusive owner of a process patent that covers the production of enriched natural guayusa, from a single source plant, containing antioxidants, amino acids and caffeine.

Arla’s Added Value Milk Products Boost Milk Category by $116m in 2016

16 Mar 2017 --- Added value milk products by Arla Foods UK have successfully boosted the milk category by £95m ($116m) in 2016, with 1.5 million shoppers trading up from standard fresh milk to an Arla branded product offering additional benefits.