While most of us were still recovering from the champagne we drank on New years evening and the meals we had with Christmas, the first top-5 lists of New years resolutions were already shown on the news. As always “losing weight” and “exercise” are very popular. However, recently a new resolution could be found in this top 5, namely: “less stress”. Apparently we worry too much and are too agitated by a lot of things . The result is stress. A lot of stress. This can even result in a burn-out plus complaints like exhaustion, fatigue, irritability, poor concentration and emotional lability. Many people are not able to work in this situation. In the Netherlands it’s estimated that stress accounts for 1.3% of absence at work.
Bacteria have stress, too
Bacteria have stress, too. And if this is the case: they are unable to work, just like humans. Admitted this sounds strange, but nevertheless it’s true. Of
course, bacteria have a different kind of stress than we have because it’s not psychological but physiological. The physiological stress factors bacteria suffer from are for example extreme temperatures and low pH, which eventually kill them.
A stressful journey
For probiotic bacteria stress already starts when they are prepared and processed to become a supplement. For example when they are freeze-dried they are exposed to very low temperatures, something they do not like. However, after rehydrated in a glass of water, they have to start a stressful journey through the gastro intestinal (GI) tract. The journey is stressful because the GI tract has a deleterious low pH in the stomach and the bile in the small intestine acts like a detergent. Not much fun so far. The result is that many bacteria die during the journey and too few bacteria eventually reach the intestine. For humans this results in the following problem: no probiotics in your intestine means = no positive health effects.
To solve the problem of “no positive health effect”, Winclove has a team of specialists and scientists, who constantly work on new methods to create the most positive conditions for our probiotic bacteria in which they can stored as long as possible at room temperature. The team creates an environment during processing and intake, which is as stress-free as possible and thus the probiotics survive. Also our Food technologists explore which is the best composition of nutrition the probiotics will need to survive the GI tract. Therefore they developed PROBIOACT-Technology, by which optimal nutrition is given to different bacteria. Compare this with a specialized nutrition scheme developed by a dietician for an athlete. Moreover PROBIOACT-Technology gives the probiotics better stability and survival.
Moreover, Winclove also looks into solutions of stress for humans by studying the effects of probiotics on the gut-brain axis.
In short: the team of specialist at Winclove will continue to work on less stress for their probiotics and people in 2016!
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