Digestive Health

Dietary fiber protects against obesity and metabolic syndrome, study finds

23 Jan 2018 --- Consumption of dietary fiber can prevent obesity, metabolic syndrome and adverse changes in the intestine by promoting growth of "good" bacteria in the colon, according to a study led by Georgia State University. The researchers found enriching the diet of mice with the fermentable fiber inulin prevented metabolic syndrome that is induced by a high-fat diet, and they identified specifically how this occurs in the body.

Cruciferous vegetables and probiotic combination: New allies in fight against bowel cancer

15 Jan 2018 --- A team of researchers in the National University Singapore (NUS) Medicine lab of Associate Professor Matthew Chang have found a way to turn a mix of bacteria and vegetables into a targeted system that seeks out and kills colorectal cancer cells. According to the researchers, this combination could be used in the prevention of colorectal cancer – one of the most common cancers in the world – and to clean up the cancer cells remaining after surgical removal of tumors, through a sustainable, low-cost therapeutic regimen.

Superfoods: Fermented foods tipped as top 2018 trend by dieticians

08 Jan 2018 --- Fermented foods – such as yogurt, kefir, kombucha and sauerkraut – are to be the no. 1 superfood for 2018, underlining that consumers will be “going with their gut” in the coming year by seeking out foods that improve gut health and overall well-being. This is according to the Pollock Communications and Today's Dietitian's "What's Trending in Nutrition" national survey which gauges the opinions of 2,050 registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) on what consumers are thinking and eating. 

Fiber protects against deterioration of the inner colonic mucus layer, scientists find

03 Jan 2018 --- The importance of maintaining healthy gut bacteria has been well established as has the importance of consuming enough dietary fiber, which can influence your weight, blood glucose level and sensitivity to insulin. The latest research from Sahlgrenska Academy, published in the journal Cell Host & Microbe, shows that colonic health is also affected by the amount of fiber consumed.

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.

BENEO Reaches Out With “Prebiotic” Appeal

02 Jan 2018 ---

Beneo’s new logo is launched to support the promotion of digestive health and wellness, which is achievable through its prebiotic chicory root fibers.

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.  

IPA submits proposal for work on harmonized probiotic guidelines

14 Dec 2017 --- Representatives from the International Probiotics Association (IPA) have announced a proposal for probiotic guidelines pertaining to the food and dietary supplement markets. The IPA activity took place at the 39th session of the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) meeting in Berlin from December 4 to 8. It was attended by government representatives, observers and experts from 66 member states and 41 international organizations.

New form of wheat packs enough nutritional punch to fight diseases

14 Dec 2017 --- A newly developed form of wheat has ten times the amount of resistant starch, the fiber found in normal wheat that helps to improve gut health, battle bowel cancer and fight Type 2 diabetes. The new wheat was developed by an international team including the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and could provide millions of people with a lot more fiber without having to change their eating habits, CSIRO reports.

EVNol Tocotrienol may beat omeprazole in controlling gastric issues

12 Dec 2017 --- ExcelVite’s EVNol tocotrienol was found to be more effective in treating gastric growth factors in stress-exposed rats than omeprazole, a common medication used in the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease and peptic ulcer disease. This is according to a recently published study in the World Journal of Gastroenterology that suggests more investigation is warranted.
 

Stem cells in intestinal lining may shed light on behavior of cancer cells

29 Nov 2017 --- The lining of the intestines – the epithelium – has been found to do more than just absorb nutrients. It grows, shrinks, and adjusts the makeup of its cells in response to whatever has just been eaten, and understanding that process could give scientists new insights into the behavior of cancer cells, according to findings published in the Journal of Cellular Physiology.

Studies with FrieslandCampina’s Vivinal GOS show increased uptake of iron and improved gut microbiome

27 Nov 2017 --- Two recent studies have led to new insights into supplements containing FrieslandCampina’s Vivinal GOS. The first study showed an increase in iron absorption by 62 percent upon supplementation with Vivinal GOS in iron-deficient Kenyan infants. Additionally, the second study revealed that adding Vivinal GOS mitigated the adverse effects of iron supplementation on gut microbiota and infections.

Gut bacteria sensitive to salt, linked to MS and hypertension: study

20 Nov 2017 --- Common salt reduces the number of certain lactic acid bacteria in the gut of mice and humans. This is according to a study published in the journal Nature by Berlin's Max Delbrück Center and Charité, which further notes an impact on immune cells that are partly responsible for autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS) and hypertension. Probiotics were also found to ameliorate the symptoms of disease in mice.

High level of dietary fiber in MGP’s Fibersym RW resistant wheat starch confirmed by study

15 Nov 2017 --- Food ingredients supplier MGP’s Fibersym RW resistant wheat starch contains an “extraordinarily” high level of dietary fiber, according to results of a human dietary study recently conducted at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. MGP notes that the study was conducted to determine what percentage of the ingredient is digestible when consumed in a meal.

Study shows positive impact of DuPont Danisco Litesse Polydextrose carbohydrate on microbiome

09 Nov 2017 --- The findings of a DuPont Nutrition & Health research study show that DuPont Danisco Litesse Ultra polydextrose alters the gut microbiome and reduces fasting triglyceride and total cholesterol plasma levels in mice being fed a Western diet. The study is a continuation of the microbiome research work DuPont Nutrition & Health is doing in conjunction with the University of Oulu Medical School in Finland.

Microbiome Therapeutics prepares to launch first microbiome modulator after completing Series B financing

08 Nov 2017 --- MicroBiome Therapeutics, LLC (MBT), a company that applies the science of the gastrointestinal (GI) microbiome to promote health and wellness, has announced the completion of a Series B financing that raised approximately US$1 million. MBT intends to use the proceeds to launch its clinically-tested microbiome modulator product in 2018.

Wholesome: Large-scale study underpins the health benefits of whole grains

03 Nov 2017 --- Exchanging refined grain products – such as white bread and pasta – with whole grain varieties causes overweight adults to eat less, lose weight, leading to a decrease in the amount of inflammation in their bodies. These are some of the findings of Danish study headed by the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark. The study supports the scientific basis for the dietary recommendations of many countries to choose whole grains.

Autophagy-activating foods like pomegranates help prevent gut diseases

03 Nov 2017 --- Colon cancer, Crohn’s and other diseases of the gut could be better treated – or even prevented – thanks to a new link between inflammation and a common cellular process that has been established by the UK’s University of Warwick. Led by Dr. Ioannis Nezis at Warwick’s School of Life Sciences, new research demonstrates that autophagy – an essential process whereby cells break down and recycle harmful or damaged elements within themselves to keep our bodies healthy – causes tissue inflammation when dysfunctional, which in turn leaves us susceptible to harmful diseases, particularly in the gut.

Bifodan expands global presence with new office in Milan

03 Nov 2017 --- Danish probiotics company Bifodan has established a regional sales office in Milan, Italy. The move increases its global presence to four offices on the European continent and three offices in the US, from which it intends to serve the global market.

Digestive health: Naturex and Olene partner on ginger extract powder

30 Oct 2017 --- Naturex and India-based Olene have partnered through Ingenium, Naturex’s Open Innovation Program, to bring Gingest to the global market. Gingest is a new, highly standardized ginger extract powder for natural digestive health applications.

loading