Trend tracker: Firms beef up immune product range and research in probiotics for skin health

By Tingmin Koe

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This round-up will look at the trend of exploring probiotics for skin health concerns. ©Getty Images
This round-up will look at the trend of exploring probiotics for skin health concerns. ©Getty Images

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In this round-up, we look at how companies have expanded their immune health product range with the use of botanical ingredients, lactoferrin, and vitamins. We also shine the spotlight on research in probiotics for alleviating acne and eczema.
Tipco Foods CEO interview part II: Juice company diversifying into herbal supplements, plant-based protein amid shrinking fruit juice market 

Thailand’s Tipco Foods is diversifying into the herbal dietary supplements and plant-based protein​, as it seeks new growth engines amid a shrinking fruit juice market in the domestic market, its CEO told us.

The company already has an herbal extract business arm known as Tipco Biotech. One of its specialty extracts is high grade curcuminoids​.

“Because of our experience in the extraction business of active ingredients of herbs, we will also go into the herbs [supplement] business,”​ CEO Yongsit Rojsrikul said.

Kimchi-isolated probiotic strain supplementation reduces acne severity – CJ Foods’ 12-week RCT 

The supplementation of a probiotic strain isolated from kimchi has shown to reduce the severity of acne​, a 12-week RCT has shown.

The probiotic strain Lactobacillus plantarum ​CJLP55, a proprietary strain of CJ Foods, has been found to exhibit anti-pathogenic bacterial and anti-inflammatory activities in in vitro ​settings.

As such, researchers conducted a human clinical study to find out if the benefits would also be seen in alleviating acne vulgaris – an inflammatory skin condition.

Antiviral advances: Jatcorp to launch five new immune-supporting powder formulas in Australia and China

ASX-listed company Jatcorp has developed a line-up ​of five new immune-supporting powder formula which is due to launch in the second half of this year in China and Australia.

All five products contain bovine lactoferrin and were tested by The University of Sydney for their antiviral activities.

Speaking to NutraIngredients-Asia, ​Andrew Sharma, head of sales and marketing, said the products would be the immunity versions of the firm’s existing brands.

Omega-3 gummies, vitamin D drops, nasal balm…Holista Colltech outlines new launches for upcoming months

ASX-listed company Holista Colltech has outlined its plans for new product launch​, with an omega-3 gummy for kids and vitamin D drops in the pipeline.

The company, which largely concentrates its nutraceutical business in Malaysia, is well-known for its fish oil brand Pristin.

Last year, the dietary supplement portfolio generated about 70 per cent of the company’s entire portfolio. The firm has also made waves with its low-GI bread​ and low-GI noodles​ range.  

Probiotics and infant eczema: Maternal supplementation of Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium appears beneficial – meta-analysis

The supplementation of both Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium during pregnancy could reduce the risk of eczema developing in infants​, results from a meta-analysis have shown.

On the other hand, simply providing the probiotic supplementation to the infants after they are born showed no significant effect.

Writing in Nutrients, ​researchers from Central South University, China, conducted a meta-analysis on nine studies which studied the prevalence of eczema in 2,093 infants.

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