What about the innovative side of bacteria?
Bacteria also continuously undergo genetic changes. The bacteria we work with multiply at a fairly high pace, duplicating themselves on average approximately every 20-30 minutes. Small mutations take place all the time and there comes a point when these are so numerous that the bacterium has become genetically different, creating a new strain or even a new species. This new species can then also possess different functional properties. For that reason, Winclove maintains a “mother” bank of our bacterial strain to contain the genetic properties of our strains. For every strain production run we use the old mother culture as a seed to make sure that the bacterial cells in the final product posses the same functional properties as the cells that have been used in our studies and that have shown certain beneficial properties.
Do you use probiotics yourself?
Well, I currently do not have any health issues, so I don’t feel the need to use probiotics. I do recommend my family and friends to take probiotics when I hear they have symptoms we have a solution for.
Can you tell us about any future innovations in Winclove’s bacteria?
We are always looking for new bacterial strains that have unique properties. One of the things we’re looking into at the moment is if we can use bacteria to bind certain metals – bacteria that have detoxifying properties, in other words. Metals are not excreted by the body, but accumulate in the liver. If we can help the body get rid of them using metal-binding bacteria, this would be a worthwhile health