Probiotics: A Look at Dose and Response

IPA AdminFrom The Gut, Uncategorized

As of 2001, probiotics have been defined by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) as “live micro-organisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.” The health benefit of probiotics has seen its reach extend beyond the gut and across organs and metabolic systems. Still, little is known about what is actually an “adequate amount.” Fortunately, … Read More

2017 Resolutions, Probiotic-style

IPA AdminFrom The Gut

The best thing about resolutions involving probiotics: lots of “do’s” and not so many “don’ts.” For most people, it is much easier to dream up a creamy yogurt dessert than to face off against a decadent chocolate cake. So, get going in the new year with a dollop of our best advice. In 2017, you will: Take your probiotic supplements. … Read More

Bacteriocins: Time To Harness The Power?

IPA AdminFrom The Gut

In a 2016 article Bacteriocin production: a relatively unharnessed probiotic trait? a group of researchers in Cork, Ireland led by James W. Hegarty, are making a case for bacteriocins. What are bacteriocins? Peptides produced by bacteria that can act against other similar bacteria; the producers remain immune.  High in diversity: size, structure, mechanisms of action. Receptors are a few ways they … Read More

IPA Urges FDA to Expand “Grandfathered List” for Probiotics

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The International Probiotics Association has submitted a 14-page document to the FDA in response to the newly revised New Dietary Ingredient draft guidance issued on August 12, 2016.  One of the many points commented on was the request for expansion of the “Grandfathered List” for Probiotics. Other comments and more details are available from NutraIngredients-USA in a December 16, 2016 story written … Read More

Time to Ferment Your Festivities

IPA AdminFrom The Gut

Holidays bring rich foods, creamy eggnogs and no surprise, weight gain. Why do celebrations seemingly call for high caloric, high-fat goodies when healthy foods can be just as exotic and delicious? This year try to think outside of the traditional box when it comes to festive dinners and tasty food gifts. Here are some ideas for lightening up the festivities: … Read More

George Paraskevakos: Tally of IPA Successes

IPA AdminBenchmarks, News

International Probiotics Association, under the leadership of Executive Director George Paraskevakos, is happy to report a banner year. New collaborations with stakeholders and industry partners mirrored the probiotics space as it surges ahead in the dietary and food supplement arena. Of special note is this IPA innovation mentioned in the article appearing on NutraIngredients-usa.com and authored by Paraskevakos: a first … Read More

Pancreatic Cancer: Possible Role for Probiotics

IPA AdminFrom The Gut

Pancreatic cancer is a killer. In spite of advances in garnering its mechanism, the same cannot be said for treating this most fatal of cancers. Researchers are looking to the microbiome. Changes in diet, infection or lifestyle may disturb the normal symbiotic karma between host and the microbiota leading to cancer in the pancreas. As outlined by International Probiotic Association … Read More

In Old Age, Our Altered Microbiomes Can Lead to Disease

IPA AdminFrom The Gut

The aging microbiome bumps into challenges its younger self may not have: chronic diseases, exposure to group living, multiple medications and changes in dentition and swallowing that disrupt diet. Yale Medical School Professor Vincent Quagliarello, MD discussed the vagaries of the microbiome in older adults recently at the Harvard Probiotics Symposium. There are “a myriad of clinical changes, including a … Read More

IPA petitions FDA on requiring CFUs for probiotic labeling

IPA AdminBenchmarks, News

The International Probiotics Association has submitted a citizen petition to the FDA to require the labeling of probiotic ingredients in dietary supplements as colony forming units (CFUs) instead of by weight. For a detailed explanation on why the distinction between CFUs and weight is worth a federal petition, read the informative piece by  Stephen Daniells on nutraingredients.com. David Keller, VP of Scientific … Read More

Venture Capital Moves into the Microbiome

IPA AdminFrom The Gut

Money is rolling into microbiome companies. “This year, microbiome investment has surged again despite a decline in overall venture funding. The $616.9 million raised for microbiome companies to date so far in 2016 is more than all of the venture investment in the microbiome space in 2011 through 2015 combined,” according to a Wall street Journal article written in September … Read More