2/1/05 (Malvern, PA) - New results from a large scale scientific study show that older people - in particular -can benefit from foods and drinks formulated with BeneoTM Synergy 1. BeneoTM Synergy 1 is one of ORAFTI's line of unique plant fiber ingredients which, among other benefits, optimize the health of the digestive system. As people get older, the levels of beneficial bacteria in the intestine tend to decline, putting seniors at greater risk of gastrointestinal disease.
The results of the new study demonstrate that BeneoTM Synergy 1, combined with probiotics like the active cultures in yogurt, help reverse such digestive âaging,â to the improvement of intestinal function and well being. They essentially feed and keep the important digestive microflora healthy. Itâs an important finding, because according to the National Cancer Institute, seven percent of Americans will develop colorectal cancer within their lifetimes. The risk begins to increase after age 40 and rises sharply at the ages of 50 to 55. At this point, the risk doubles with each succeeding decade, reaching a peak at age 75.
The CROWNALIFE project, a major initiative funded by the European Union, examined the bacterial composition of the gut of healthy people aged 65 and over, in comparison with that of healthy younger adults aged 20 to 45 years old (see diagram).
The researchers looked at age-related changes in micro-flora composition, and their effects on health and well being. They compared a range of parameters of well-being and health issues related to seniorsâ quality of life. The study involved adding a combination of BeneoTM Synergy 1 and a probiotic to the diet. The results were that the level of bifidobacteria increased significantly in the volunteers who supplemented with BeneoTM Synergy 1.
These new results add to the findings of the SYNCAN project, which examined people who had been treated for colon cancer or who had had intestinal polyps (precancerous lesions) removed. Scientists working on the SYNCAN research have demonstrated that a combination of BeneoTM Synergy 1 and probiotic cultures can help to protect these patients against colon cancer.
The microflora in the colon consists of many different types of bacteria, including some which are pathogenic and can give rise to adverse effects such as diarrhea or gastroenteritis. Other bacteria, such as bifidobacteria, are beneficial and prevent colonization of the gut by pathogens. Bifidobacteria also contribute to health by enabling the digestive system to deliver higher levels of important nutrients to the body.
A healthier digestive system means the whole body benefits. If peopleâs insides are working better, it has positive effects on mood, physical activity and mental performance and promotes a better sense of well-being.
The application of ORAFTI's ingredients in functional foods clearly provides key benefits to older people. It offers a positive contribution to quality of life for millions of seniors â and raises an interesting business opportunity for the food and beverage industry.
About ORAFTI Group
ORAFTI Group is a subsidiary of the Belgian agro-food group Raffinerie Tirlemontoise/ Tiense Suikerraffinaderij and is part of the ORAFTI/ PALATINIT Ingredients Group of SÃ¼dzucker (Germany). ORAFTI Group produces Beneoâ¢, Beneoâ¢ oligofructose, RaftifeedÂ® for animal nutrition, as well as RaftisweetÂ® (fructose syrups), from chicory roots. ORAFTI Group's head office is in Tienen, Belgium and the company operates in more than 75 countries world wide, with production units in Oreye (Belgium), Wijchen (Netherlands) and Wijgmaal (Belgium). The ORAFTI Group also includes REMY INDUSTRIES, world leading producer of rice starches (RemylineÂ®/ RemygelÂ®), rice flours (RemyfloÂ®) and rice proteins (RemyproÂ®).