Immune System

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Probiotic shows promise for reducing frequency of common cold symptoms

By Olivia Haslam

Susceptibility to common cold symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, and sore throat, could be reduced by supplementing with probiotic LAB strain Lactobacillus paragasseri SBT2055 (LG2055), particularly in people with weakened immunity, a new study has...

Participants who received TruActive MPC 85 had a significantly higher antibody response than those given a soy protein supplementation, the company said. ©GettyImages/Ankabala


TruActive MPC 85 elicits high antibody response in people over 60

By Mary Ellen Shoup

Preliminary clinical trial results have revealed that Tamarack Biotics’ milk-based TruActive MPC 85 ingredient has more than double the antibody response compared to a soy protein sample in individuals over the age of 60, the company said.

The ASA said Bio-tiful Dairy's kefir ad breached the CAP Code.

Bio-tiful Dairy kefir ad falls foul of ASA

By Jim Cornall

A poster for UK kefir company Bio-tiful Dairy’s Kefir drink has been found by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) to be in breach of advertising rules.

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Probiotic may reduce the risk of common cold: Yakult study

By Stephen Daniells

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.

EFSA rejects probiotic cold claim

EFSA opinion wrap: Pomegranate, carob, coffee rejected. Vitamin D approved

Claim chill: EFSA rejects probiotics for immunity, defecation


The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected probiotic dossiers from Canadian firm Lallemand Health Solutions (immunity) and Italian player Synbiotec (defecation) in a batch of opinions published today.

"We've identified a bacterial population that protects against food allergen sensitisation"

Gut bacteria that protect against food allergies offer probiotic promise

By Nathan Gray

Common gut bacteria from the class Clostridia could prevent sensitisation to allergens in food, according to new research that may pave the way for probiotic products aimed at battling food allergies and intolerances.

Breast milk probiotic launched in Australia

World first: Breast milk probiotic launched in Australia

By Shane Starling

Spanish supplier Biosearch Life is finding success with its patented, immune system-boosting and mastitis battling probiotic isolated from human breast milk in a world-first product launched in Australia this year.

The Nestlé study suggests the company's blend of wolfberry (goji berry) and milk proteins can boost immune functioning.

Nestlé research suggests goji berry's immune promise

By Nathan Gray

A combination of milk protein and wolfberry (goji berry) fruit could help boost the immune function of elderly people by strengthening their ability to fight certain infections, according to new data from Nestlé.

Human lactoferrin safety backed in study

Human lactoferrin safety backed in study

By Shane Starling

Human lactoferrin derived from genetically modified cows’ milk is safe, according to data from a randomised, cross-over double blind, placebo-controlled study sponsored by the Dutch Food and Nutrition Delta.

EFSA opinion against four probiotic and prebiotic health claims

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA opinion against four probiotic and prebiotic health claims

By Shane Starling

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected three article 13.5 probiotic and prebiotic health claims and one article 14 claim linking prebiotics with a range of benefits from immunity to diarrhoea for failing to demonstrate causality.