Immune Health

Chicory root fibers found to provide digestive health and natural defense benefits to children

12 Jul 2018 --- Consuming chicory root fibers can bring important health benefits to kindergarten children aged three to six years, according to research by Professor Tamás Decsi and Szminoetta Lohner at the Department of Pediatrics, University of Pécs, Hungary. Previous studies have demonstrated a strengthening of the natural defense system in infants and children between birth and two years of age. However, this is the first time this evidence has been established for this age group.

Immunity ingredients space: From Ayurvedic roots to ocean garden

02 Jul 2018 --- The immunity ingredient space is reaching beyond classical vitamins, such as vitamin C, for immune health, with manufacturers highlighting a range of ingredients for their immune boosting properties. From Ayurvedic roots, botanicals, ocean garden's seaweed and yeast beta glucans, the market continues to diversify and expand to keep a growing market engaged. As John Quilter, Vice President and General Manager, GanedenBC & Wellmune, tells NutritionInsight, “Research shows that improving immune function is a leading health concern among consumers globally, with 87 percent expressing an interest in buying food and beverage products that deliver this benefit.”

More than a flavor: Flavoring substances stimulate immune defenses, study finds

21 Jun 2018 --- Not only do citric acid and spicy 6-gingerol from ginger add special flavors to food and beverages; both substances also stimulate the molecular defenses in human saliva, researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Leibniz-Institute for Food Systems Biology have found. The findings demonstrate the potential of flavor substances to have properties that go beyond the sensory.

The right nutrition for the golden years: Space for personalization

11 Jun 2018 --- Medical interventions and overall improved standards of living are causing us to live longer than previous generations. However, since the aging process is accompanied by a host of physiological changes, extra attention needs to be given to the appropriate nutrition and lifestyle standards. NutritionInsight speaks with a number of key suppliers about the unique needs of aging consumers.

Algatech introduces new algae strain in “milestone” for microalgae industry

04 Jun 2018 --- Algatechnologies (Algatech) has launched Fucovital, a patented, “all natural,” three percent fucoxanthin oleoresin produced and extracted from microalgae. Fucovital also touts being the first fucoxanthin product granted New Dietary Ingredient Notification (NDIN) acknowledgment for dietary supplements from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Algatech claims to have developed a “unique” extraction process that overcomes previous barriers to the microalgae ingredient's commercialization.

NIZO cholera vaccination model to measure how food changes immune response

01 Jun 2018 --- Scientists from NIZO, in close collaboration with Wageningen University & Research and FrieslandCampina Research & Development, have developed and validated a new test to measure if a specialty food or supplement has health-benefits in humans. The test is based on the immunological response to vaccination with a commercially available oral cholera vaccine. 

Drinks with benefits: Premium organic beverages thriving

11 May 2018 --- Over the past years, the mainstreaming of organic launches has only continued, with Innova Market Insights reporting 20 percent CAGR in organic claims being reported in global food & beverage launches from 2013 to 2017. The mainstreaming of organic foods was a key theme at Natural & Organic Awards Europe, which was held in London at the end of April. Similar to FoodEx 2018 last month, premium beverages touting low sugar content or healthful ingredients, played a key role at the Natural & Organic Awards Europe. 

Frutarom: Echinacea's immune-boosting benefits backed by trials

07 May 2018 --- Echishield, an all-natural Echinacea ingredient produced by Frutarom Health, enhances immune function by restoring stress-induced changes to levels similar to those in healthy controls, a study has found. The ingredient is water-soluble, safe and suitable for supplement, beverage and confectionary applications.

Probiotic peanut allergy treatment: Chr. Hansen enters new partnership

18 Apr 2018 --- Chr. Hansen's probiotic strain, Lactobacillus rhamnosus (LGG), can potentially play a part in peanut allergy treatment, according to new data. 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 €10 billion 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.