Synbiotics — a combination of probiotics and prebiotics — used to improve the gut environment could serve as a safe pharmacological treatment for chronic kidney disease-related mineral and bone disorder, say researchers in Japan.
There are considerable challenges in gathering scientific data to recommend the use of probiotics and prebiotics in a clinical paediatric setting, but the evidence that exists points to their effectiveness in a number of situations.
Morinaga Milk's financial results for the last year saw a slight dip overall, with net sales falling 0.1% (¥530m) year-on-year to ¥592,087m, but the firm is targeting sales success with its higher-value functional products.
A specific probiotic lactic acid bacteria isolate may boost the nutrient and mineral levels of a traditional rice-based fermented beverage, according to researchers at several Korean and Indian universities.
The development of guidelines and a harmonized framework for probiotics in Codex is necessary to ensure and sustain quality probiotic products on a global scale, says the International Probiotics Association (IPA).