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Association has submitted a 14-page document to the FDA in response to the newly revised New Dietary Ingredient draft guidance issued on August 12, 2016.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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Colic Relieved by Multi-strain Probiotics

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We can all rest more easily: new research from Italy points to some success with multi-strain probiotics in colic. Remember, colic does not go quietly into that good night. IPA has reported in the past about probiotics for colic:  Colic Soothed by Probiotics is most recent. Lactobacillus reuteri has often been the species of investigation in colic; now many others find … Read More

Prebiotics Aid Elderly, Michelle Alfa PhD tells IPA

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  Age can savage a healthy microbiome. Medications, eating problems and chronic diseases can kill off colonies leading to dysbiosis. Probiotics can help. Unfortunately, older people and those who care for them may steer clear of adding probiotic supplements to the often long list of treatments already taken. Prebiotics or the non-digestible starches which feed probiotics could be a viable … Read More

IPA Goes to DC: 13 Factoids Shared by Nutraingredients

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Missed the IPA workshop in Washington, DC? No worries.  Stephen Daniells recapped the event:  13 things we learned from the IPA’s DC Workshop appears on Nutraingredients website and includes our well-travelled  executive director George Paraskevakos. Daniells reports: “From market sizing to the positions from FDA and FTC on NDIs and claims substantiation, the International Probiotic Association’s DC workshop succeeded in providing a venue for … Read More