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Biogaia market a number of probiotics including one intended for infants and children. The product contains L. Reuteri. The following article was publised on 2nd February 2012.

Biogaia Probiotic Supplements Review

Created by an innovative company, a world leader on the market of dietary supplements, Biogaia probioticproducts are made to promote people’s health with the aid of the friendly bacteria which is Lactobacillus Reuteri.

The history of Biogaia starts in 1980 when the idea of preserving the vegetables with the aid of these new discovered bacteria came into Sven Lindgren’s and other two Swedish entrepreneurs’ mind.

Biogaia ProbioticEven though they didn’t get to a result with this idea, they continued the researches on how to use Lactobacillus Reuteri and found out that these are common bacteria in mother’s breast milk which stimulate the baby’s body to create his own micro-flora and digest better the food, so, starting from 1990, they penetrated the functional food segment of market in Sweden with the BioGaia probiotic milk under the name BRA suggesting the composition of the product: bifidus, reuteri and acidophilus. Due to the time and financial resources invested in researches, Biogaia is the author of many patented products, novelties on the market and discoveries like L. reuteri granted, first probiotic fresh juice and fresh cheese, first probiotic chewable tablet in the world, first probiotic straw in the world. Biogaia probiotic dietary supplements are conceived in the laboratories located in the research triangle in North Carolina, but are also realized with the aid of a global network of independent researchers, specialists and in-house experts.

With the aid of a worldwide network of independent researchers, in-house experts and specialists, but also with the aid of the biotechnological laboratories located in the research triangle in North Carolina, Raleigh, ten years later this innovative company. Biogaia Probiotic launches Biogaia probiotic supplements and becomes the leader of this market in more than sixty countries in the entire world.

These products are especially designed to meet the needs of the new born babies and infants which have to form a balanced micro-flora in their sterile bodies. Biogaia’s probiotics success stays in the quality offered together with health benefits like better digestion, diminished intensity and rate of colic, it fights against rotavirus and reduces diarrhea at little babies which results in reduced crying time, boosts immunity and prevents infections and sustains oral health by balancing the micro-flora of the mouth. (more…)

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Sigma-Tau have issued the following press release regarding their new patient support package for people with ulcerative colitis:

Maker of VSL#3 probiotic offers assistance program for ulcerative colitis and ileal pouch patients

Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals Sponsors program for prescription-only medical food – VSL#3® DS — for dietary management of UC and ileal pouch

GAITHERSBURG, MD, January 31 – People who have Ulcerative Colitis (UC) or Ileal Pouch know that finding the right regimen for extending their time between flares is crucial to successfully living with the condition. The solution is often a personalized combination of drugs, dietary changes and, for many, the addition of VSL#3®, a probiotic medical food designated for the dietary management of these conditions. Now, Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals, Inc., maker of VSL#3 medical food is sponsoring a Patient Assistance Program (PAP) to help in-need patients obtain its prescription-only double strength formulation VSL#3 DS. (more…)

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The following article is in press in the Daily Mail today, refers to King’s College IBS Study mentioned previously on this site:

In the study at King’s College London, 186 patients with IBS whose symptoms had not responded to conventional treatments were given the new probiotic in the form of a drink, at a dose of 1ml of drink per kilo of bodyweight. Two-thirds were given the drink every morning before breakfast for three months, while the remainder were given a placebo. The severity of the symptoms of IBS is normally plotted on a scale up to 500. ‘Before taking part, the average scores for our patients was about 300,’ says gastro-enterologist Professor Ingvar Bjarnason, who led the study at King’s. ‘At the end of the study, those taking the placebo went down to 270. (more…)

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Nutraingredients.com is carrying an article and video interview about the tightening up of food regulation in the USA. (more…)

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this is an original article from learnaboutprobiotics.org

The number of published studies investigating probiotics has increased 15 fold in as many years, and 2011 looks set to be a record year with more than 1300 publications anticipated.

An analysis of publications posted to the NIH PubMed database reveals strong growth in the number of publications featuring the keyword ‘probiotic’. In 1997 there were roughly 80 publications globally per year referencing probiotics, today that figure is over 1200 per year or 100 publications per month.

number of probiotic publications per year

What’s driving the growth in published research about probiotics?

This amount of research points to probiotics being more than a fad, it reveals a sustained significant commitment of resource to the therapy area. Any form of research has a cost associated with it, if we were to conservatively estimate the average cost of these studies at $50,000 a piece then the investment over the last decade is close to half a billion US dollars. Some of the studies, with large numbers of patients recruited will cost much more than this, some may run into millions of dollars for a single study. (more…)

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Align is a probiotic capsule marketed by Proctor & Gamble, primarily in the United States. The product contains Bifidobacterium infantis 35624.

The following is taken from the Align website:

How Does Align Work?

Your body needs beneficial bacteria for a number of things, including healthy digestion.  Common issues such as changes in your routine, diet, stress, and travel can disrupt your natural balance of good bacteria. By delivering healthy bacteria to your digestive system, Align helps support your natural digestive balance and promote overall digestive health.* (more…)

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This article on sciencedaily.com reviews a paper by Javier et al. which found that Lactobacillus rhamnosis can bring about changes in the neurotransmitter (brain chemical) GABA in mice which is associated with improvements in mood in humans.

It has long been know that there is a close interaction between the gut and brain in humans, consider the effect that nerves or anxiety can have on your digestion. This is refered to as the gut-brain axis.

You can read the full article here

The paper referenced is: Javier A. Bravo, Paul Forsythe, Marianne V. Chew, Emily Escaravage, Hélène M. Savignac, Timothy G. Dinan, John Bienenstock, John F. Cryan. Ingestion of Lactobacillus strain regulates emotional behavior and central GABA receptor expression in a mouse via the vagus nerve. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2011; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1102999108

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this is an original article from learnaboutprobiotics.org

The word ‘Probiotic’ used to be an adjective, literally meaning ‘for life’ and described the concept that a probiotic encourages the formation of a living colony of specific beneficial bacteria; in this case in the human digestive tract. Today, Probiotic means product, in fact it means thousands upon thousands of products globally which have adopted the term. This is generally on the basis that they contain, in one form or another bacteria which when alive are considered by the manufacturer to confer a benefit on the person or ‘host’ that the bacteria colonise once they have been swallowed. (more…)

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An interesting article on naturalproductsinsider.com discussing the growth in the probiotic functional food sector regardless of the debate over health claims, you can read it here

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Class action attorneys in the USA; Morgan and Morgan are inviting consumers to share their experience with Culturelle probiotic supplements.

There have been a number of actions around the world where lawsuits have been filed against probiotic manufacturers who have made health claims for their products which the courts later determined were not supported by evidence from robust research or by consumer experience following consumption.

In the EU including the UK this risk is being managed to a large extent by the activites of EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) which regulates all food supplements to ensure that only approved health claims appear in marketing materials and on packaging.

link to press release on emailwire.com

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VSL#3 is a multistrain freeze-dried probiotic which claims 450 billion bacteria per serving. There are 8 different strains of bacteria in each sachet of powder.

The theory is that once these freeze dried bacteria are exposed to water they come back to life and become probiotics.

The following is from the VSL#3 website:

What is VSL#3

VSL#3 is a probiotic food supplement. Crammed into every sachet are 450 billion live bifido and lactic acid bacteria combined in unique combination of eight strains. If that sounds like a lot, it is – because you need a lot to make sure enough arrive in your lower intestine. VSL#3 has the highest concentration of bacteria on the market. Together, as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle, VSL#3 can help support a balanced gut flora.

(more…)

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OptiBac market a range of probiotic products for different people and with different purposes in mind, including to support immunity, digestive health and a flat stomach;

What are OptiBac Probiotics?


OptiBac

Probiotics: Often known as ‘friendly bacteria’, probiotics are microorganisms which have proven health benefits on the body.

OptiBac Probiotics: The OptiBac Probiotics range consists of nine different probiotic supplements – all natural, and with no added colourings, flavourings or preservatives. At OptiBac we specialise in probiotics & prebiotics, and offer various supplements including products suitable for infants,  pregnant & breastfeeding mothers, for vegetarians, vegans, coeliacs, and for those who are lactose intolerant. (more…)

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Nutraingredients.com is carrying a story that Chr Hansen is planning what will be one of the largest ever single studies into probiotics and their effect on the immune system.

Large, pharmaceutical style studies are necessary for probiotics to prove health benefits in order to make health claims in their marketing.

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Symprove is a probiotic drink containing 4 strains of live probiotic bacteria.

The following is taken from the Symprove website:

symprove

Symprove is a completely new kind of live multi strain probiotic to support digestive health.  As far as we know it is the only probiotic on the market to provide you with ALL of the following benefits making Symprove far more effective.” (more…)

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King’s College London are conducting a study in people with IBS using the multistrain probiotic Symprove.

Hypothesis: The probiotic symprove when taken as a dietary supplement can significantly improve the quality of life (QOL) of patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

As of 10/05/2011 the anticipated end date for this trial has been extended from 01/04/2010 to 31/07/2011 as there has been a delay in recruiting patients.

link to study details at ISRCTN

 

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The Nutraingredients site is carrying a link to a PDF about Lactobacillus LAFTI L10 which positions the probiotic as having scientific proof for immune support.

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A study in SE Australia is looking at whether probiotic treatment may improve liver function in patients with cirrhosis.

Effects of probiotics on liver function in chronic liver disease: a randomised controlled trial

Oral probiotic or placebo therapy for 30 days

link to full study on ISRCTN

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A food evaluation study in Liverpool, UK to evaluate if VSL#3 reduces the incidence of diarrhoea in critically ill patients taking antibiotics.

link to full study on ISRCTN

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This is a wide-ranging study from Cardiff University investigating the use of probiotics in the care home setting, particularly in the context of clostridium difficile related diarrhoea which can be a problem in care homes where cross-infection is rapid. The initial phase is a proof of concept exercise to lead onto a more substantial study in the second stage.

Hypothesis:

PAAD is a two Stage Study:

Stage 1: There is currently a lack of evidence regarding 1. the frequency of antibiotic prescribing and type of antibiotic prescribed in care homes and, 2. how often diarrhoea occurs associated with taking antibiotics (antibiotic associated diarrhoea (AAD), and its severity.  Therefore this study aims to provide data on the incidence of AAD including C.difficile associated diarrhoea in care homes and if there is an issue confirm the estimated sample size for a Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) in Stage 2.

Stage 2 is a randomised controlled trial to assess whether AAD is prevented or ameliorated in care home service users receiving antibiotics by the administration of a probiotic along side the antibiotic.

full details on ISRCTN

 

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A food evaluation study is underway at King’s College London looking at the effect of a multistrain probiotic drink – Symprove on markers for IBD (inflammatory bowel disease).

Title: Assessment of a multistrain probiotic (symprove) as a dietary supplement in patients with inflammatory bowel disease who are in ‘clinical’ remission.

Hypothesis: Regular use of this multistrain probiotic may have anti-inflammatory properties and help improve the residual symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) experienced by patients in ‘clinical remission’.

Endpoints: Improvement in Inflammatory Bowel Disease Questionnaire (IBDQ) score at week 4, Reduction in faecal calprotectin at week 4.

Link to details about study at ISRCTN

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Chr Hansen IMPRESS study

October 4th, 2011 | Posted by admin in ongoing studies | the science - (0 Comments)

Another Chr Hansen food evaluation study in Italy, this time looking at the effect of 2 different probiotic strains on the immune system of humans who have been innoculated with flu.

Title: Randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial to evaluate the impact of a minidrink or capsule containing selected probiotic strains on the immune response following an influenza vaccination in healthy adults

Hypothesis: The study was designed to investigate the immune modulating properties of two probiotic strains in an influenza vaccination model.

Design: Four different treatment arms are included in the study:

1. A capsule containing Bifidobacterium animalis ssp. lactis (BB-12®) in a dosage of minimum 1 billion CFU (colony forming units)/day
2. A placebo capsule
3. A milk-based minidrink containing the probiotic strain Lactobacillus paracasei ssp. paracasei (L. casei 431®) in a dosage of minimum 1 billion CFU/day
4. A placebo minidrink

Study products to be taken orally once daily for six weeks. Ten weeks follow-up after end of supplementation phase.

Outcome measures: Antigen-specific response to the influenza vaccination in plasma and saliva 4 weeks after the vaccination, general adaptive and innate immune responses to the influenza vaccination 4 weeks after the vaccination.

link to study on ISRCTN

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A study is underway in Estonia examining the effect of probiotic yoghurt comprising L plantarum strain INDUCIA on blood indices (levels of immune cells) and intestinal microflora of healthy volunteers.

It is a randomised controlled crossover trial, which is generally considered to be a robust design.

Hypothesis: The consumption of yoghurt containing probiotic L. plantarum strain has positive impact on blood indices of healthy volunteers.

Primary outcome measures:

1. The health indices of study participants (eight, weight, body mass index, blood pressure) assessed at the recruitment, after 3 weeks of probiotic treatment, after washout and after 3-week placebo treatment

2. The self-reported questionnaire containing questions on welfare, and habitual gastrointestinal symptoms (abdominal pain, flatulence, bloating, and stool frequency), measured once a week during the trial

3. Haematological indices (haemoglobin, white blood cell count, red blood cells, platelets), plasma glucose, albumin, total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol, triglycerides, hs-CRP and IL-6 measured at the recruitment, after 3 weeks of probiotic treatment, after washout and after 3-week placebo treatment

Link to details on ISRCTN

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An investigator initiated study is underway in Italy looking at Saccharomyces boulardii for the prevention of antibiotic-associated and Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhoea in adult hospitalised patients: a single-centre, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.

Hypothesis: To test the effect of Saccharomyces boulardii on the occurrence of antibiotic-associated diarrhoea and Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhoea in hospitalised patients receiving antibiotics.

Link to full details on ISRCTN

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The marketing team at OptiBac put out the following release last week;

Constipation is uncomfortable & often painful – it is defined as having hard, dry stools, and difficulty in passing bowel movements.  A large global study of 13,900 individuals recorded that 12% suffer from constipation.

So who are all these people who are suffering in silence day-to-day?  Research shows that constipation affects women more than men, and also has a disproportionate effect on infants, pregnant women, and the elderly (e.g. about half of nursing home residents suffer from constipation!).

Oranges… drinking plenty of water… taking exercise… 40% of constipation sufferers attempt to treat their constipation by changing their nutrition.

And now there is a new solution… ‘For maintaining regularity’ from OptiBac Probiotics.

‘For maintaining regularity’ is a natural probiotic & prebiotic supplement, especially formulated to treat & prevent constipation. With 5 billion Bifidobacterium lactis BB-12 probiotics (friendly bacteria) and 4 grams of prebiotic fibres (food to feed the friendly bacteria) per sachet; ‘For maintaining regularity’ has been shown in a number of clinical trials to:

Reduce the levels of pathogens in the gut

Increase the body’s levels of healthy probiotic bacteria

Significantly reduce constipation

Individuals taking this particular probiotic had improved levels of good bacteria, an increase in beneficial short-chain fatty acids, activated intestinal motility, increased faecal moisture as well as easier, more frequent bowel movements.

Pregnancy & Children – Numerous clinical trials1,2,4 demonstrate the safety ‘For maintaining regularity’ which is gentle enough for children from 1 year onwards as well as for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.

Also for the Elderly- Around the age of 55-60, levels of friendly bacteria in the large intestine (typically the Bifidobacteria type) have been found to plummet; this may explain why constipation is so common amongst the elderly.

Whilst this correlation is not necessarily causative, clinical trials do show that our particular probiotic strain, Bifidobacterium lactis BB-12, encourages more bowel movements, normalises bowel function, and lessens the occurrence of constipation in elderly customers.

‘For maintaining regularity’ is available in two pack sizes; 10 sachets RRP £9.99; 30 sachets RRP £24.99. It is available in all good independent health food stores & pharmacies in the UK & Ireland from July 2011.

Other lines in the OptiBac Probiotics range include ‘For daily wellbeing’, ‘For daily immunity’, For bowel calm’, and there’s even one for travelling, aimed to help maintain good digestion and preventing the infamous ‘Delhi Belly’ whilst on your travels.

The OptiBac Probiotics range is available online at optibacprobiotics.co.uk, at Whole Foods Market, Selfridges Pharmacy and all good independent health food stores & pharmacies. Prices are affordable, ranging from £3.25 to £25.55.”

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This is a neat non-partisan summary of what to look for in a probiotic:

Probiotics. Pro . . . what? Probiotics is a big word for some really small things — good things, in fact. Probiotics are bacteria that have a positive impact on your intestinal tract health.

They naturally live in your intestinal tract, but can also be consumed in a food or in supplement form. We’ve been eating probiotics in food, such as yogurt, kefir and acidophilus milk, for centuries. Recent research has focused on the benefits of probiotics, which are thought to work with immune function and gut health, specifically relating to irritable bowel syndrome and diarrhea.

Researchers report improvements in immune function and reduced infections with the use of probiotics containing lactobacillus strains. There is evidence suggesting these probiotics enourage an stronger immune function with an increase in the number of T-cells and natural killer cells. Clinical trials also found a decreased rate of respiratory tract illness and tooth decay and cavities in children with lactobacillus use.

Improvements in IBS symptoms have been reported with the use of probiotics, specifically strains of Bifidobacterium infantis and Lactobacillus plantarum. Bifidobacterium animalis was also shown to help normalize stool frequency and  decrease discomfort due to bloating in some people.

Probiotics have long been suggested when taking antibiotics to help in the prevention and treatment of antibiotic associated diarrhea. This type of diarrhea results from an imbalance in gut bacteria caused by antibiotics. An  imbalance can lead to an overgrowth of harmful bacteria. Use of probiotics can provide the gut with good bacteria in an effort to crowd out other less-desirable bacteria.

There is certainly more research to be done about the widespread benefits that probiotics can provide. If you’d like to try using probiotics, there is a good history of safety in the Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium strains.

However, there are some other things to remember:

— Do not use probiotic supplements if you are immunocompromised or are critically ill. When in doubt, discuss this issue with your physician.

— Not all strains of probiotics are created equal; benefits are strain-specific. In other words, if you want a product that may decrease diarrhea, select the lactobacillus acidophilus or casei strains. Research studies will specify strains and quantities used for specific concerns, so use this information to guide your choices.

— Use the same amount of bacteria as noted to be effective in clinical studies. Probiotics are listed in terms of CFUs, or colony-forming units, which is the measure of live microbes in the probiotic product. Different strains
provide benefits at different levels, so one size does not fit all.

— Lastly, purchase from a trusted manufacturer who is more likely to ensure purity of strains and potency of product through its listed shelf life (these are considered supplements so they are not regulated by the FDA).

Cathie Brookhart is a clinical/outpatient dietitian Gettysburg Hospital. Healthy Helpings is a column written by nutritionists in York and Adams counties.

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A food evaluation study is underway in Slovakia to see if a specific blend of probiotics with Vitamin C and xylitol has any effect on chest infections in children.

This study aims to investigate whether combination of probiotics and vitamin C prevents the incidence, duration and severity of upper and lower respiratory infections in children attending preschool facilities.

Participants randomised to active or placebo group will be required to take one chewable tablet per day for 6 months.

1. Active intervention: Probiotics consisting of a combination of 4 strains; L. acidophilus CUL-60, L. acidophilus CUL-21, B. bifidum CUL-20 and B. lactis CUL-34 at a total of 1.25×10^10 cfu per tablet and 50 mg vitamin C and xylitol (base ingredient) per tablet

2. Placebo: Xylitol

link to full study description at ISRCTN

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This looks like an linteresting food evalaution study into the effects of L casei on the immune system. CHR Hansen provide probiotic bacteria to many manufacturers of dairy products, see this link for more information

Link to study description at ISRCTN

The effect of Lactobacillus paracasei subsp. paracasei, L. casei 431® on immune response to influenza vaccination in healthy adult volunteers: a multi-center, randomized, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study

Two different treatment arms are included in the study:

1. A milk drink containing the probiotic strain Lactobacillus paracasei ssp. paracasei, L. casei 431® in a dosage of minimum 1 billion Colony forming units (CFU)/DAY

2. A placebo milk drink

Study products to be taken orally once daily for six weeks. A seasonal influenza vaccination for 2011/2012 will be given to all subjects after 3 weeks of supplementation with the study product.

Nine weeks follow-up after end of the supplementation phase.

Hypothesis: The study was designed to investigate the immune modulating properties of the probiotic strain L. casei 431® in an influenza vaccination model.

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A long running debate in the world of probiotics is around the EU rules which ban health claims for probiotics. Put simply, companies cannot make claims unless they have strong data to support them, but some believe that the standards required by the regulators are too high for what are food products and not medicines. You can read the whole article on Nutraingredients.com

 

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Another study taking place in Estonia looking at L. plantarum:

Study title: Effect of a food supplement containing the probiotic strain of Lactobacillus plantarum TENSIA DSM 21380 on blood indices and intestinal microflora of healthy volunteers: a randomized placebo-controlled parallel trial

Hypothesis:

The consumption of probiotic dietary supplement containing L. plantarum strain TENSIA is safe:
1. No adverse gastrointestinal effects (i.e. no abdominal discomfort like abdominal pain, flatulence or bloating,
2. No negative shifts in values of systemic inflammation markers
3. No allergic sensibilisation
4. No harm to essential organs
5. No unwanted changes in the glucose content in blood serum or in lipid metabolism

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A study investigating the effect of probiotic cheese on blood pressure is talking place in Estonia:

Effect of the probiotic Südamejuust (heart friendly cheese) comprising Lactobacillus plantarum TENSIA DSM 21380 on subjects with high-normal blood pressure: a randomized blinded controlled parallel three arm study

Study hypothesis – The consumption of probiotic cheese comprising the strain L. plantarum TENSIA helps to maintain the normal blood pressure by reducing high-normal systolic and/or diastolic blood pressure.”

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Yakult is a milk and sugar based probiotic drink containing a single strain of proprietary probiotic bacteria. The following is taken from the Yakult website:

What’s in a Yakult?

Yakult is the original probiotic. One bottle contains a minimum of 6.5 billion cells of the unique probiotic strain of bacteria isolated by Dr Shirota. The strain is scientifically proven to reach the intestines alive where it can top up the existing levels of good bacteria. There are absolutely no colourings whatsoever in Yakult. Its colour is a natural result of caramelisation during the production process. (more…)

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Actimel is a yoghurt based flavoured drink containing sugar (or sugar substitute in the diet versions) and a single strain of probiotic bacteria.

The Actimel website carries some very topline information about what probiotics are:

In recent years, there has been a lot of excitement about how probiotics can play an important role in our health. But what exactly does probiotic mean?

Probiotics are ‘good’ bacteria that can be consumed in certain foods such as some yogurts or drinking yogurts (like Danone Actimel) or can be consumed in capsule form. The World Health Organization (WHO)** defines probiotics as: “live micro-organisms, which when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host” (WHO 2002). The word ‘probiotic’ comes from the Greek ‘pro-bios’, meaning ‘for life’. (more…)

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learn about probiotics.org

September 26th, 2011 | Posted by admin in learn about probiotics - (0 Comments)

THE PLACE FOR COMPREHENSIVE – INDEPENDENT – TRANSPARENT INFORMATION ABOUT PROBIOTICS

Why this site has been created

Millions of us are now using probiotics, whether that be a probiotic drink, yoghurt or capsules and tablets. There are thousands of websites extolling the virtues of probiotics, and plenty which criticise them. What this site seeks to do is provide a single resource for anyone looking for comprehensive, independent and transparent information to help with their choice about using probiotics.

What’s the big idea?

It’s simple, we tell you where every piece of information on this website is from. Some of it is from manufacturers, so we make that very clear and some is from independent scientific research, so we explain that also. News stories are highlighted as such and any editorial content written by us is clearly flagged. The idea is that you can now strike your own balance between the marketing messages of the companies which produce probiotics and the science behind them.

Learn about probiotics.org also searches for and relays news articles about probiotics from around the world, but with a twist; these articles are not simply copied and pasted, but we actually read them and provide a short synopsis of the article, again to help you absorb as much information as you want to - as quickly as you need to.

How to use the site

Content on this site has been carefully categorised under the headings you can see on the menu bar above; the basics, the science and the marketing.

The basics is intended to provide a quick and easy explanation of probiotics to help you understand content on the website.

The science pages are reserved for content to do with research into probiotics and explanations of how they work; do not assume that this content is non-commercial however as much of the research is sponsored by manufacturers.

The marketing pages are exclusively for commercially oriented content, so expect to find marketing messages from the big probiotic companies and consider these appropriately.

Every post is similarly catagorised so you can quickly establish the source of an article and make your own mind up about whether this is infomation you can automatically accept or whether you need to dig a little deeper to see the whole picture.

How to contribute

All of the content on the site is open for comment, please feel free to share your own experiences and thoughts about a particular product or article. We moderate the comments and you can read the house rules here. If you would like to submit an article for inclusion on the website we’d love to hear from you, you can do so here.



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