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Probiotics: 'Friendly Bacteria' Grown In Fruit Based Extract

Date:
September 26, 2007
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University of Leicester
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A fruit based extract dramatically improves growth and probiotic qualities of "friendly" bacteria. There is currently a great deal of interest in the health-associated properties of probiotics, also known as 'beneficial' or 'friendly' bacteria, and prebiotics, the food needed for the growth of probiotic when inside our bodies.
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There is currently a great deal of interest in the health-associated properties of probiotics, also known as 'beneficial' or 'friendly' bacteria, and prebiotics, the food needed for the growth of probiotic when inside our bodies.

University of Leicester scientists have discovered a natural fruit-based extract that dramatically improves the growth and probiotic qualities of 'friendly' bacteria such as the lactic acid bacteria, which are found in most widely-advertised health supplement drinks.

The fruit extract is the invention of Dr Primrose Freestone, of the University's Department of Infection, Immunity & Inflammation, and Dr Richard Haigh of the Department of Genetics. The product, LabEnhancer™, is currently being marketed in collaboration with Dr Andy Lee, of Plant Bioscience Limited.

Dr Freestone commented,  "Although lactic acid bacteria play a major role in the production of many products, including probiotic yoghurts, they can be quite difficult to grow and can particularly suffer damage during their processing for use as probiotics."

One of the main values of LabEnhancer™ is that it helps lactic acid bacteria to recover from these stresses therefore making them much more effective as a probiotic'.

LabEnhancer™  was recently presented by PBL at the International Probio2007 conference in Nantes.


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