Digestive Health

GutGuide: Affordable gut testing for personalized nutrition

11 Dec 2018 --- With the rise of personalized nutrition and the growing interest in gut health has come an array of personalized gut testing services. In this space, Finnish company GutGuide is seeking to offer reasonably-priced, patient-specific treatment and supplementation to a variety of afflictions connected to the gut, based on the company’s research into oral and gut microbiota. The role for a good functioning microbiota in skin health will be the next platform for the technology.

New research links gut microbiome to ethnicity

07 Dec 2018 --- The gut microbiome is closely linked to overall health and may vary according to ethnicity, joint research between Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, and the University of Minnesota, US, has found. However, the researchers point out that although foods and supplements that target the microbiome are currently gaining popularity, more research is needed to pinpoint what exactly constitutes a healthy gut microbiome.

Diana eyes synbiotic opportunities: Symrise Nutrition Division to assess polyphenol and probiotic synergies

04 Dec 2018 --- Diana, the Nutrition Division of Symrise, is eyeing the potential of fusing fruit and vegetable polyphenols with probiotic strains from the company’s Probi business for the creation of synbiotic ingredients. One of the key platforms for a new research project will be assessing the potential for optimal gut health products that combine Probi strains such as LP299V with prebiotics.

HiE 2018: Carbery to enter digestive health market with fermented protein ingredient launch

27 Nov 2018 --- Carbery will be unveiling a new ingredient range at Health Ingredients Europe 2018 (HiE), beginning today in Germany, which targets the digestive health and active consumer segments. By combining the two trends of fermentation and protein, the new dairy ingredients, coined Bifipro, deliver a unique combination of high-quality protein with prebiotic promoting properties.

Personalized nutrition: Carbiotix sets out to mainstream gut health monitoring

26 Nov 2018 --- Personalized nutrition has been high on the industry agenda for a while. But despite the popularity of the phrase, there is still ample space for development in terms of bringing personalized options to a wider consumer base in an affordable and scientifically-sound way. In this space, health solutions company Carbiotix is paving the way by offering low cost, personalized gut testing services (starting at €19 a month) and personalized soluble fiber supplements.

Symprove multi-strain supplement linked to re-balancing of gut microbiome

20 Nov 2018 --- “Good” bacteria in the live probiotic Symprove can successfully reach and colonize the gut, where they can modify existing gut flora, according to new research published in the International Journal of Pharmaceutics. Researchers also noted that these bacteria are capable of modifying the immune response in the human body.

Navigating the digestive health space: Probiotic strain specificity and microbiome key to future NPD

16 Nov 2018 --- Emerging science linking a healthy microbiome to nearly every facet of health, as well as the ongoing media reporting on probiotics, have helped drive consumer interest in gut health. This growing area offers a wealth of opportunities to formulators, but due to regulatory demands and increasing consumer scrutiny, a clear view of how to navigate this space is vital.

Kellogg’s debuts gut-boosting cereal with prebiotics, probiotics and fiber

15 Nov 2018 --- Kellogg’s has launched a “3-in-1” cereal aimed at making digestive wellness support easily accessible in food. The new wellness brand HI! Happy Inside delivers prebiotics, probiotics and fiber in an all-in-one cereal. The launch comes at a time when interest in digestive health seems to only continue to grow.

Cranberries found to reduce negative effects of animal-based diet on gut health

15 Nov 2018 --- A Cranberry Institute and USDA-funded study into the potential protective effects of cranberries on the gut microbiome has found that adding cranberries to a meat-based diet can reduce the rise in secondary gut bile acids that have been associated with colon and GI cancer. The feeding trial – published in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry – found that the addition of whole cranberry powder to this common diet lessened potentially carcinogenic secondary bile acids and blunted the decline in beneficial short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

FrieslandCampina’s GOS powder linked to improved intestinal health in obese adults

15 Nov 2018 --- FrieslandCampina’s Vivinal GOS Powder has been found to benefit obese people with intestinal problems. According to a recent study, consumption of the galacto-oligosaccharide ingredient may significantly reduce certain markers of gut permeability, indicating an improved intestinal barrier function.

Experts weigh in on digestive health in Kerry Health and Nutrition Institute webinar

14 Nov 2018 --- Gut health is becoming increasingly popular among consumers. In this wide-ranging health area, the gut-brain axis (GBA) is a key area of interest, along with the sort of probiotic bacteria that aid wider gut health, Dairy & Food Culture Technologies Consultant, Dr. Mary Ellen Sanders, tells NutritionInsight. Sanders will be presenting a Kerry Health and Nutrition Institute webinar today hosted on FoodIngredientsFirst.com.

Drink up: Tea polyphenols may promote lower gut health

09 Nov 2018 --- A University of Naples study has found that polyphenols found in tea can be beneficial to lower gut health. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the colon bioaccessibility and antioxidant activity of tea polyphenolic extract. The findings of the study could present a novel strategy for the management of gut-related inflammatory diseases.

World’s first celiac vaccine enters international Phase 2 trial

07 Nov 2018 --- The world's first vaccine for people who have celiac disease is to be rolled out in an international trial. If successful, the vaccine, Nexvax2, would be the first medicine of its kind for people with the disease. Currently, following a gluten-free diet is the only treatment, but even the most diligent patients can suffer the adverse effects of accidental exposure. Therefore, the results of the vaccine’s trial may be eagerly awaited by those avoiding gluten due to their celiac condition.

Soothing seaweed: Fucoidan extracts found to reduce gut inflammation

05 Nov 2018 --- Maritech fucoidan – a bioactive compound extracted from seaweed – can inhibit the production of key pro-inflammatory biomarkers that are clinically relevant in acute and chronic gut condition, new research has found. Maritech fucoidan ingredients are extracted from wild Undaria pinnatifida and Fucus vesiculosus macroalgae by Australian biotechnology company Marinova.

Feeling good inside and out: Consumers seek fiber for gut health 

01 Nov 2018 --- Fiber holds increasing potential for manufacturers as an ingredient that can be added to products to throw in an extra dash of health and satiety. Due to its strong prebiotic value, consumers are increasingly recognizing the health benefits that a fibrous diet can bring – beyond keeping you regular. Further bringing fiber into the spotlight, eight specific fibers were greenlighted by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in a regulatory announcement earlier this year, meaning that the promoted fibers can be classified as “dietary fibers” on the upcoming Nutrition Facts Label. Fiber is a key ingredient for feeling good inside and out.

Artificial sweeteners cause “toxic effects” on gut microbes, study says

03 Oct 2018 --- Artificial sweeteners have again come in the spotlight after a paper published in Molecules claimed that US FDA-approved artificial sweeteners and sports supplements were found to be toxic to digestive gut microbes. In response, the International Sweeteners Association (ISA) reiterates that all approved low-calorie sweeteners are among the “most thoroughly researched ingredients worldwide,” and put forward that the in vitro testing conditions could have caused some reactions that would not be seen with real-life exposure conditions.

Detoxwater launches highly-concentrated aloe vera supplement shot

28 Sep 2018 --- Detoxwater, the prebiotic aloe-infused water brand, has launched an aloe supplement shot, coined Veralixir, which contains 1.7 fluid ounces of highly-concentrated aloe vera extract. Detoxwater recommends taking Veralixir once per day before or after a meal to promote digestive health, skin elasticity, nutrient absorption and immune health. The supplement contains clinically-proven ACTIValoe and is touted as being vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free.

Probiotics for pharma: Optibiotix launches heart health supplement range

26 Sep 2018 --- OptiBiotix Health has launched a new cholesterol management range, coined CholBiome, that harnesses probiotics for heart health. The range uses OptiBiotix’s patented probiotic Lactobacillus plantarum (LPLDL), which the company recently enabled to be developed as a biotherapeutic pharmaceutical product for the first time following a deal with an unnamed US-based pharmaceutical company.

UK yogurt sugar content often well above recommended threshold, survey finds

21 Sep 2018 --- Many yogurts sold in UK supermarkets contain high levels of sugar, a survey published in BMJ has highlighted. Researchers from the Universities of Leeds and Surrey analyzed the product information of 921 yogurts and found that organic yogurts and those marketed towards children, in particular, had high levels of sugar. Fewer than 9 percent of products surveyed contained less than the 5 g of sugar per 100 grams threshold required to be classed “low sugar” and carry a green “traffic light” nutritional label in the UK. As such, reformulation for the reduction of free sugars in yogurts is warranted.

Early life microbiome health may have lasting effect on ability to fight disease, study finds

19 Sep 2018 --- The first bacteria introduced into the gut during infanthood may have a lasting impact on an individual’s long-term ability to fight chronic disease, findings from the University of Alberta have suggested. The findings could pave the way for treatments that could adjust microbiomes in infants right after birth to help ward off serious chronic diseases. Poor gut health has been linked to obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease, colon cancer, neurological disorders, autism and allergies.

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