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Chickpea extract a potential prebiotic: China study shows microflora and short-chain fatty acid benefits

Ciceritol extracted from chickpeas has prebiotic potential with a new study showing it can boost the microflora of the colon and promote the production of short-chain fatty acids (SCFA).

VIDEO: Talking trends – Chr. Hansen on the probiotics and healthy dairy boom driving growth across Asia Pacific

Probiotics, functional dairy and natural colours – combined with Asia’s rapidly changing lifestyle and health needs – are among the top factors driving industry growth in the region.

A 'golden age' of probiotics for premature babies? It depends on birth weight and strains: Meta-analysis

The use of probiotics on very low birth weight (VLBW) infants is associated with a reduced risk of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), late-onset sepsis, and mortality, but the effects on extremely...

New Australian university centre eyes Asia opportunities for omega-3 and probiotics products

The University of Queensland (UQ) in Australia is opening a $1m new Food Science Innovation Precinct to drive new products and research in probiotics, omega-3, functional foods and dairy.

Probiotics boost the kidney benefits of soy milk in diabetic patients, RCT reveals

Probiotic soy milk improves several indexes of kidney function in type 2 diabetic patients with nephropathy – a major complication of diabetes and the foremost cause of end-stage renal failure.

Asian expansion gives BioGaia reasons for optimism: Managing director

Probiotics manufacturer BioGaia has reported annual sales growth of 9%, excluding exchange rate effects, with managing director Axel Sjöblad highlighting growth in Asia as a key reason for continued confidence...

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Indian firm Strides Shasun exits probiotics space after sales dip

Bangalore-based pharmaceutical and nutraceutical firm Strides Shasun has announced it is leaving the probiotics sector.

Probiotic may reduce the risk of common cold: Yakult study

Daily consumption of a fermented milk product with Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota may reduce the risk of upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) in healthy middle-aged office workers, says a new study....

Twenty per cent of Singapore infants given a supplement before the age of one

One-in-five infants in Singapore are given a dietary supplement in the first year of life, while 5.7% take probiotics and 15.7% homeopathic preparations.

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.

Exclusive interview

‘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...

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