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Probiotics and Alzheimer’s: Personalised nutrition tipped to become crucial area of treatment research

Modulation of gut microbiota through personalised diet or probiotic intervention will increasingly become a key focus for treating brain disorders including Alzheimer’s Disease, Chinese academics have concluded in a new...

Gum from Thai vegetable an ‘excellent’ probiotic protector

Adding Tiliacora triandra gum, from the indigenous Thai vegetable ‘Yanang’, to maltodextrin could create an excellent protector of probiotics, researchers have revealed.

Probiotics have a ‘positive effect’ on stress and anxiety: Meta-analysis

Probiotics consumption may have advantageous effects on mental health by lessening the psychological symptoms of perceived stress, depression and anxiety, according to a new systematic review and meta-analysis.

BioGaia expands in Japan with new probiotics deals

Swedish probiotics supplier BioGaia has signed two major deals in Japan with Nippon Kabaya Ohayo Holdings Inc. 

Probiotics protection: Yeast wall compound improves survival in food products

The components of yeast cells wall could be a viable protective coating for probiotics in functional foods, suggest researchers.

'Great probiotic potential': Korean soy sauce contains bacterial strains with commercial promise

Three bacterial strains isolated from traditional Korean soy sauce show commercial potential as probiotics and starter cultures, say researchers.

China supplements market uncovered (part two): Which health claims can entice Chinese citizens?

Analysis of the top 20 claims of new health supplement launches in China between 2014-16 shows products targeting female and seniors are on the rise, with claims related to bone,...

Probiotics improve cognitive function among patients with severe dementia: Clinical trial

Researchers believe they have shown for the first time that probiotics can improve cognitive function in humans, following a clinical trial with elderly Alzheimer’s patients aged 60-95.

Meiji increasing probiotic yogurt drink due to solid sales

Japanese company Meiji Co. Ltd. is increasing production of its Meiji Probio Yogurt drinks.

Peanut probiotic: Researchers develop commercially viable lactose-free probiotic ‘yoghurt’

A newly developed peanut-based probiotic ‘yoghurt’ could serve as a functional food for those who follow a vegan diet or have lactose intolerance, say researchers.

Australian firm launches ‘world’s first clinically tested’ prebiotic honey, targets China market

Australian manufacturer Capilano has launched what it states is the world’s first clinically tested prebiotic honey.

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‘Time to take supplements and probiotics mainstream in South East Asia’: DuPont

In the second part of our interview with DuPont’s Asia regional president Dr Li Yongjing, we assess the potential for the dietary supplements industry in South East Asia and examine...

Probiotics may ease severity of multiple sclerosis: Study

Patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), whose diets were supplemented with probiotics, demonstrated a reduction in the severity of their condition as well as improvements to mental health.

Probiotics to help drive 44% rise in APAC functional foods market by 2026

The functional food ingredients market in Asia Pacific is being tipped to rise from $2.85bn at the end of 2016 to $5.04bn in 2026 with probiotics projected to be the...

Alginate-starch encapsulation could aid probiotic survival

The use of a modified alginate and hi-maize starch encapsulation technique could help to increase the survival rate of probiotics, say Thai researchers.

Mixed results for probiotic cirrhosis study

Probiotics given to liver cirrhosis sufferers boosted neopterin levels and reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, but had no significant effect on white blood cells’ ability to consume bacteria, the original aim of...

'The race is on in this industry to take positions for future growth of probiotics.'

Probiotics giant buys world’s best-documented strain

Danish probiotics and enzymes leader Chr Hansen has paid €73m in cash to acquire the Lactobacillus rhamnosus-based LGG suite of probiotic strains from Finnish dairy group, Valio.

India’s food trends: What’s hot and what's not

Indian consumers are increasingly aware that all fats are not bad, are demanding more products that offer “complete wellness” and are becoming increasingly opening to exploring alternative proteins and natural...

Yakult sees fall in Q1 profits as overseas sales to Asia sink

Leading probiotic player Yakult has reported a 28% drop in first-quarter profits for the 2016/2017 financial year as sales outside of Japan tumble.

Probiotics may promote weight loss and reduce BMI

Consumption of probiotic ‘good bacteria’ could reduce body weight and body mass index (BMI) scores according to a new Chinese meta-analysis.

Probiotics could help battle Japans’ ‘national affliction’ with cedar pollen

Consumption of probiotic-containing fermented milk could help people suffering from Japanese cedar pollinosis, say researchers.

Vitafoods Asia heading to Singapore in 2017

Pan-Asian nutraceutical event Vitafoods Asia will move to a new home in Singapore next year, confirm the event organisers.

Microbiome modulation may aid symptoms of autism: Study

The use of diet and functional foods to alter the microbiota and impact the gut-brain axis could be a promising strategy for people with autism spectrum disorder, say researchers.

Japanese fermented gobo holds prebiotic potential

A newly identified prebiotic enzyme produced from fermented vegetables could improve colon health, say researchers.

Academics announce Sino-British probiotics research centre

Chinese academics have collaborated with British counterparts to launch a UK-China Joint-Centre for Probiotic Research.

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