AS PROBIOTICS BECOME IMMENSELY POPULAR, DO YOU REALLY KNOW THEM

 

Despite a late start in the early 1990s, probiotics in China have grown fast, demonstrating enormous prospects. In recent years, probiotic products in China have been fast growing at an average annual rate of over 15%.
As people are more health-conscious, the probiotics market has gradually become a hot topic in the industry. However, there is still much deficiency in the understanding of probiotics. In some areas, misunderstandings exist.  
Experts have pointed out a fairly big gap between the level of scientific understanding of probiotics in the consumer market and industry and the fast pace growth of the market, recognizing an urgent need for practitioners to make continuous learning and push the development of probiotics in a rational way!
Then, how does Chr. Hansen, one of the most influential companies in the probiotics industry, see the probiotic market?

Despite a late start in the early 1990s, probiotics in China have grown fast, demonstrating enormous prospects. In recent years, probiotic products in China have been fast growing at an average annual rate of over 15%.

 

As people are more health-conscious, the probiotics market has gradually become a hot topic in the industry. However, there is still much deficiency in the understanding of probiotics. In some areas, misunderstandings exist.

 

 Experts have pointed out a fairly big gap between the level of scientific understanding of probiotics in the consumer market and industry and the fast pace growth of the market, recognizing an urgent need for practitioners to make continuous learning and push the development of probiotics in a rational way!

 

Then, how does Chr. Hansen, one of the most influential companies in the probiotics industry, see the probiotic market?

 

 

Despite paying much attention to probiotics products, most people still have certain misunderstandings of probiotics. Chr. Hansen hopes to spread the scientific message so that the industry can understand probiotics correctly, achieve healthy development, and avoid false publicity and overhyped repackaging.

 

--- Lamkay Sim, Senior Manager, Chr. Hansen Greater China

 

 

What Are Probiotics? 

 

Originated from Greek, “probiotics” means “for life”, containing the meaning of “life”. 

 

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization define probiotics as “live microorganisms, which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.”

 

Probiotics mainly come from bacteria and yeasts, such as: Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, Saccharomyces and so on.

 

How Is the Health-Enhancing Effect of Probiotics Defined?

 

The health-enhancing effect of probiotics is strain-specific. Probiotics are live bacteria screened out of a small range of bacteria and can colonize in the intestine and have a definite health-enhancing effect on the host, once the host has taken them.  

 

Can Most Bacteria Be Used as Probiotics? 

 

Mr. Gernot Stadlmann has pointed out that in fact not all lactic acid bacteria can be called probiotics. Only a handful of strains have been shown in clinical trials to have a health-enhancing effect. The World Health Organization and other organizations have all emphasized that one can only talk about the health-enhancing effect of probiotics at the strains level. 

 

Probiotics Effect Judgment Criteria 

 

1. Whether the probiotic efficacy of a product has been verified by published clinical trials;

 

2. The effect of probiotics must be examined at the level of the strain;

 

3. The key is clinically proven efficacy rather than the number of strains;

 

4. The count of viable bacteria in the product should be consistent with the dosage in clinical trials; and

 

5. The count of viable bacteria in the product during the shelf life period should be consistent with the effective dosage used in clinical trials.

 


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