Chr. Hansen announces probiotic study results

29 Sep 2015

Chr. Hansen has announced that results from one of the world’s largest clinical studies on probiotics now show that the probiotic strain named BB-12 can be part of the solution by improving bowel regularity. The study, recently published in the British Journal of Nutrition, was initiated by Chr. Hansen in 2011. It included more than 1,200 […]

Chr. Hansen announces probiotic study results

prebiotics-probiotics-what-foods-have-them-why-you-need-more-your-diet.w654Chr. Hansen has announced that results from one of the world’s largest clinical studies on probiotics now show that the probiotic strain named BB-12 can be part of the solution by improving bowel regularity.

The study, recently published in the British Journal of Nutrition, was initiated by Chr. Hansen in 2011. It included more than 1,200 subjects in France, the UK and Germany; all healthy but experiencing low defecation frequency and abdominal discomfort. The study has, according to the company, produced the largest dataset ever published from a randomised, placebo-controlled study on the effect of probiotics on bowel function.

Results from the study show that the chances of having more regular bowel movements were significantly higher when consuming the BB-12 probiotic strain for four weeks, compared to the placebo group. This verifies results from previous studies, and shows a clinically relevant effect of the probiotic strain on bowel regularity.

“Once again, it is confirmed that the BB-12 probiotic strain can bring significant gastrointestinal benefits to those who experience digestive issues,” said Mikkel Jungersen, Scientific Advisor, Human Health & Nutrition, Chr. Hansen. “What is truly unique about this study is its size of more than 1,200 subjects varying in age from 18 to 70, which has resulted in the largest dataset available on the effect of probiotics on bowel function.”

The BB-12 probiotic strain originates from Chr. Hansen’s culture collection and has been used as an ingredient in food and dietary supplements since 1985. Over the last 30 years, more than 170 clinical studies are said to have shown that this probiotic strain has a positive effect on the immune and gastrointestinal system. Today, Chr. Hansen says that it is consumed by hundreds of millions of people all over the world every day.

“We are committed to delivering the best documented probiotics and the BB-12® probiotic strain is the best documented Bifidobacterium in the world,” said Jungersen. “With these new results, it now truly stands out as a strong probiotics within bowel function.”