Digestive Health

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.

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.