Probiotics industry booming due to increased product awareness
Written by Jerry T.P.
If you are like most people, when you hear the word “bacteria” it conjures up all sorts of unpleasant images—bugs, illness, infection… basically nothing good, right? But did you know there are different types of bacteria, and some of them are actually good for us? Here’s another fact that might surprise you: your digestive tract is home to about 100 trillion bacteria cells. That’s ten times the number of cells that make up your entire body! But before you start to worry, let’s clarify.
There are three different types of bacteria: beneficial, neutral, and harmful. The majority of bacteria in a healthy digestive tract are the beneficial or “good” bacteria (also known as probiotics), along with neutral bacteria. However, our internal probiotic stores can be depleted due to stress, aging, antibiotic treatment, use of acid-suppressing medications, hormonal imbalance, poor diet and other factors. And when our good bacteria are depleted, the result is a condition calleddysbiosis: an imbalance in the ratio of good to bad bacteria.
How Do Probiotics Work in the Body?
The word probiotic actually means “for life” (in contrast to the word antibiotic, which means “against life”), and research has shown that these good bacteria support digestive and immune health in the following ways:*
They produce substances that help keep the levels of good bacteria in balance.*
They support immune health by helping to protect the intestinal lining, an important protective surface the size of a tennis court!*
They support immune health by communicating with the immune system to let it know how to appropriately respond to the contents passing through the digestive tract.*
They support vaginal and urinary health in women, promoting balance in these environments in a similar way as in the digestive tract.*
Growing Awareness Boosts Demand for Probiotics
Today, many healthcare practitioners recommend adding more probiotic foods to our diet or taking a daily probiotic supplement to help restore digestive balance and promote overall digestive health.* And, as awareness grows about the benefits of probiotics, the global probiotics market is seeing a significant boost in sales.
Market research provider Reportstack recently released their Global Probiotics Products Market 2014-2018 report, in which analysts predicted the sales of probiotic products will see a 7.23 percent growth rate over the next five years. Research and development activity in the probiotics market has also notably increased, though some experts believe sales may be affected as government regulatory procedures are updated to address the growing demand.
In a similar report released by Transparency Market Research, analysts predicted continued growth in the human probiotics market both nationally and on a global scale. According to a recent press release:
Probiotic foods & beverages are the dominant segments the global market and are expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.8% from 2013 to 2018. Probiotic demand for food & beverage segment is estimated to reach USD 37.9 billion in 2018. Following food and beverages, the market for dietary supplements and animal feed are also witnessing significant growth.[i]
Arla Foods, Attune Foods, Cargill, China-Biotics Inc., Danisco, Danone, Lallemand, General Mills Inc. Nestlé and Nutraceutix are among the larger companies currently producing probiotic products globally—including food products (such as yogurt) as well as dietary supplements.The More We Know, the Better
Every day, scientists across the globe are learning more about probiotics and their role in better health and digestion.* Reap the benefits of these good bacteria by taking a probiotic supplement that supports your digestive and immune health.* ReNew Life probiotic supplements, including the entire line of Ultimate Flora probiotics, can help you take the first step.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
†Formulated to provide full potency, live cultures per capsule at time of consumption, if prior to expiration, under recommended storage conditions. Storage and handling conditions may affect the total amount of cultures delivered at time of consumption.
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Skin Analytics wins NHSX award for AI skin cancer tool
An artificial intelligence-driven tool that identifies skin cancers has received an award from NHSX, the NHS England and Department of Health and Social Care's initiative to bring technology into the UK's national health system.
NHSX has granted the Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award to DERM, an AI solution that can identify 11 types of skin lesion.
Developed by Skin Analytics, DERM analyses images of skin lesions using algorithms. Within primary care, Skin Analytics will be used as an additional tool to help doctors with their decision making.
In secondary care, it enables AI telehealth hubs to support dermatologists with triage, directing patients to the right next step. This will help speed up diagnosis, and patients with benign skin lesions can be identified earlier, redirecting them away from dermatology departments that are at full capacity due to the COVID-19 backlog.
Cancer Research has called the impact of the pandemic on cancer services "devastating", with a 42% drop in the number of people starting cancer treatment after screening.
DERM is already in use at University Hospitals Birmingham and Mid and South Essex Health & Care Partnership, where it has led to a significant reduction in unnecessary referrals to hospital.
Now NHSX have granted it the Phase 4 AI in Health and Care Award, making DERM available to clinicians across the country. Overall this award makes £140 million available over four years to accelerate the use of artificial intelligence technologies which meet the aims of the NHS Long Term Plan.
Dr Lucy Thomas, Consultant Dermatologist at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, said: “Skin Analytics’ receipt of this award is great news for the NHS and dermatology departments. It will allow us to gather real-world data to demonstrate the benefits of AI on patient pathways and workforce challenges.
"Like many services, dermatology has severe backlogs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This award couldn't have come at a better time to aid recovery and give us more time with the patients most in need of our help.”