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BC30™ Reduces GI and URTI Symptoms in Children, Study Shows

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Spore-forming probiotic BC30™ has a beneficial effect on gastrointestinal symptoms (GI) and upper respiratory tract infection symptoms (URTI) in children, new research has shown.

The study, which was recently published in the journal, Food Research International, found that supplementation with BC30™ significantly reduced the incidence of flatulence and suggested a positive effect on stool consistency. It also found that the probiotic significantly decreased the incidence of URTI symptoms, including nasal congestion, bloody nasal mucus, itchy nose and hoarseness, and the duration of hoarseness, headache, red eyes, and fatigue.

Don Cox, R&D Director for Kerry’s ProActive Health Division, the makers of BC30, said “While there is already a large body of evidence for the digestive and immune health benefits of BC30, this research is particularly exciting because it is the first to focus on children, and shows the enormous potential of BC30 as a functional ingredient in products for kids.”

The study data reported that BC30 may have the ability to modulate the immune response, based on beneficial effects on URTI and GI symptoms. Previous studies have shown that BC30 can reduce gastrointestinal symptoms in adults with post-prandial intestinal gas-related symptoms, and improves pain and bloating in IBS sufferers.

“We are committed to driving forward probiotic innovation through science and helping meet the demand for high-quality ingredients, substantiated by high-quality research,” continued Cox. “These latest findings support our ongoing efforts to provide an efficacious probiotic ingredient that can withstand harsh manufacturing processes and conditions in the body.”

Eighty healthy school-aged children in Mexico took part in this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. They received a flavored water containing either BC30 (1 billion CFU ) or a placebo, daily for 12 weeks.

Anaya-Loyola, M.A. et al. ‘Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6068 decreases upper respiratory and gastrointestinal tract symptoms in healthy Mexican scholar-aged children by modulating immune-related proteins’, Food Research International, Volume 125, November 2019.

View the full study, here.


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