Ganeden Biotech, maker of the patented probiotic strain GanedenBC30 (Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086) announced that preliminary studies have suggested multiple benefits by consuming GanedenBC30 in combination with protein.
Preliminary results of a recent pilot study conducted by the University of Tampa, suggests that consuming GanedenBC30 along with just 20 grams of protein may help:
- Decrease recovery time
- Decrease soreness
- Reduce swelling
- Increase power
- Decrease blood kinase
“We are very excited and encouraged by the results of this small pilot,” says David Keller, vice president of scientific operations at Ganeden Biotech. “Earlier studies on GanedenBC30 that supported digestive and immune health included results that hinted at the positive effect from the concomitant consumption of protein, so it made sense for Ganeden to engage researchers at the University of Tampa to provide objective data in a double blind cross over study. Data from a larger study designed for publication in a peer-reviewed journal should be available in Q2 of 2015.”
The probiotic market is growing rapidly, with no signs that it will be slowing down anytime soon. According to BCC Research, the global market of probiotic ingredients, supplements, and foods reached nearly $27.1 billion in 2013 and will climb at a compound annual growth rate of 6.2 percent over the next five years to reach $36.7 billion in 2018.
Additionally, protein is no longer viewed as an ingredient geared just towards athletes; it continues to be a top functional food trend in which appeals to all consumer segments. According to the Institute of Food technologists, 40 percent of the best-selling new better-for-you foods/beverages in 2012 carried a high protein claim. In addition, U.S. sales of packaged foods with protein-related claims on their labels rose to $7.5 billion in 2014, a gain of more than 50 percent as compared to the same period four years ago, according to research firm Nielsen (via the Wall Street Journal). And, of course, one of the primary benefits supporting the dramatic increase in Greek yogurt consumption has been the inclusion of protein.
These findings should prove to be exciting for virtually any food, beverage, and sports nutrition company whose target market includes consumers with an active lifestyle; or any manufacturer who produces or markets a product whose protein content is used to attract consumers.
“Several researchers are looking at novel ingredients to speed recovery; however, it is important to understand that gut health plays a critical role in the digestion of all nutrients consumed,” says Jacob Wilson Ph.D., CSCS, professor in the Department of Health Sciences and Human Performance at the University of Tampa. “To this end our lab investigated the impact of GanedenBC30 on recovery from an intense, muscle damaging resistance training bout. Our preliminary data suggest improved recovery curves which could lead to a new area of research in sports nutrition.”