IBS affects many people and the causes may be quite different for each person. Researchers recently identified Kiwifruit extract, Actazin which uses four-way action to support digestive health and well-being.
With the high-protein trend gaining, digestive products containing proteolytic enzymes could gain importance.
Fiber and probiotics have long been dominant as natural digestive aids, but now there is a newcomer popping its head above the parapet: Kiwifruit, inherently rich in an enzyme that helps the body to digest proteins and an aid in alleviating constipation. The high protein trend may finally give the kiwifruit the push it needs to enter the realm of mainstream digestive health products.
I know this isn’t exactly the sexiest topic to discuss, but it’s one of the most common problems among my patients, especially women. And it shouldn’t be ignored... I’m talking about constipation.
Not only is it simply annoying and uncomfortable when it happens from time to time … when it’s left unchecked, chronic constipation can lead to more serious problems.
Let's face it … people always feel better when they have moved their bowels daily. And, from a medical perspective, daily bowel movements are a necessity. It’s critical for removing toxins from the body and to help expel metabolic waste. Including excess estrogen.
I firmly believe that one of the reasons so many women suffer from breast cancer is because many are chronically constipated. And this is just one of MANY potential benefits to regular bowel movements.
The composition of the gut microflora has been found to play important roles in human health and disease. Some polysaccharides, which are slow or non-digestible by humans, are considered as prebiotics because they are selectively fermented by gut bacteria resulting in specific changes in the composition and/or activity of the gastrointestinal microbiota, thus conferring benefit(s) upon the host’s health.
Kiwifruit (Actinidia deliciosa) have been found to enhance gut health by easing constipation, promoting laxation and modulating colonic microbiota. They represent an important source of dietary fibre promoting the adhesion of microorganisms as probiotics to intestinal epithelial cells and subsequent colonization. Some dietary fibre is resistant to digestion in the upper digestive tract and can reach the colon largely intact, where it is broken down by microbial glycosidases to liberate oligo- and mono-saccharides, which are further metabolized by the microbiota ultimately to result in a mixture of organic acids, including short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) that are a major source of metabolic fuel to the colon.
Daily consumption of supplements containing kiwifruit-derived nutritional ingredients may increase bowel movements in healthy individuals, says a new study from New Zealand.
Four weeks of taking supplements containing Actazin or Gold kiwifruit-derived ingredients increased daily bowel movements by more than one bowel movement per week, wrote researchers from The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Limited and the University of Otago.
There is increasing demand for products that benefit human health which, combined with consumer preference for products based on natural produce, presents a global opportunity for the functional food market. A key target is digestive health, and products based on fruits and vegetables which are scientifically-proven to support the health of the human gut are highly sought.
Actazin™, developed by Anagenix Ltd and launched in 2011, is a digestive health ingredient derived from kiwifruit. In addition to a number of other bioactive components, Actazin contains resistant material that has a prebiotic effect, feeding the ‘good’ bacteria naturally found in the human gut, balancing the digestive system and supporting the body’s immune system. It is sold to natural supplement manufacturers in several countries including the USA, Australia, Canada and Europe.
There is no shortage of “superfruits” in the nutraceuticals and functional foods marketplace, with many fruits being introduced or re-introduced. Superfruit is a term that describes a new generation of fruit products that hold the promise of “super-charged” nutrition and a variety of health benefits. Marketers looking to develop products with these ingredients have focused on the health benefits and marketing potential from the recent trends favoring these fruits.
This column will analyze the stories behind three superfruits—kiwi, acai, acerola—including how they are produced, their branding potential and some of the less-known background contributing to their success.
There continues to be sustained growth in antibacterial soaps and detergents used around the home, as well as rapid growth in the new personal care category of hand sanitizers. Interest in antibacterial products has increased dramatically over the past few decades, driven by consumers’ obsessions with maintaining a germ-free environment. But the contradiction now comes from the growing consumer demand for probiotics, which is currently one of the hottest categories in the food and nutrition market.
Dr. Jeremy Burton, a microbiologist from New Zealand who spent many years in the development of probiotics at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Otago, recently suggested that “the whole concept of deliberately ingesting or seeding our tissues with microbes is anathema to many humans. After all, the only good germ is a dead germ—at least that’s the message imprinted upon us by the media from an early age. We are urged to rid our homes of all germs and to dowse every accessible body crevice with antibiotics, antiseptics and assorted anti-microbials in a heroic attempt to achieve a germ-free environment. This then, is the antimicrobial gospel and let’s face it, microbes have overwhelmingly had bad press.”