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Improving Immune Health with NUTRIOSE® Soluble Fiber

The Importance of Immune Health for Consumers

Consumers are becoming increasingly interested in the link between gut health, prebiotics, and immune health. According to a recent survey by Gurus, 66% of consumers plan to address immune health in the next 12 months, while 52% want to improve their digestive health. Additionally, 80% of consumers recognize the importance of fiber for achieving immune health. New product launches with soluble fiber and immunity claims have seen a CAGR of 9% from 2018-2022 (Innova, 2018-2022). 

What is Immunity?

Immunity is the complex biological system that allows multicellular organisms to resist harmful microorganisms and environmental attacks. The immune system can recognize and tolerate what belongs to the self and reject what is foreign. Preclinical and clinical studies have shown the role of prebiotics in regulating the immune response. 

Link Between Soluble Fiber and Immune System

Prebiotics can have a direct or indirect effect on gut-associated epithelial and immune cells by acting as a substrate for bacteria that leads to the production of short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) that can modulate the immune response.  

Prebiotic fibers can also directly act on gut epithelial and immune cells to lead to a pro- or anti-inflammatory response. The gut microbiome is strongly implicated in modulating the pro- and anti-inflammatory immune response. Prebiotics have been extensively explored for their influence on the gut microbiome and the health and wellness of the host.

NUTRIOSE® Soluble Fiber and Immune Health

NUTRIOSE® soluble fiber has been shown to have immuno-modulatory properties and is a healthy partner for gut health. Clinical studies have demonstrated its prebiotic effect, balancing the gut microbiota to a healthier composition. This microbiota composition shift provides beneficial effects related to the immune system, such as the production of beneficial molecules, an increase of anti-inflammatory cytokines, and a reinforcement of the gut barrier, to keep bad actors outside.

An additional advantage of NUTRIOSE® soluble fiber is that it is a nutrient that most people worldwide do not consume in adequate amounts. Despite the growing consumer interest in fiber, we don’t get enough. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a daily fiber intake of at least 25 grams per day. NUTRIOSE® swapped into commonly consumed foods or added to a meal has the potential to help improve fiber intake for a healthy lifestyle. 

Key Takeaways

There is a growing need to raise awareness and educate consumers about the importance of gut health, prebiotics, and immune health, as consumers are showing an increasing interest in this connection. NUTRIOSE® soluble fiber has immuno-modulatory properties that may support the immune system by increasing beneficial bacteria, producing beneficial metabolites, and reinforcing the gut barrier.

With its prebiotic effect, NUTRIOSE® soluble fiber is a good candidate for increasing defense against pathogens. Incorporating NUTRIOSE® into commonly consumed foods or meals can also help improve fiber intake for a healthy lifestyle. As consumers continue to prioritize immune health, NUTRIOSE® soluble fiber offers a promising solution for the food industry to meet this growing demand.

Sources: Please find below the list of our documented sources.

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• Gurus – Prebiotic Survey Jan 2022 – Global
• FMCG Gurus – Immunity Survey – 2022
• Innova Trends Survey 2022
• Innova - Ingredient Insider: Fiber Innovation in Food and beverages – Apr 2022
• Innova, 2018-2022, fiber scope (polydextrose, polyfructose, inulin, resistant dextrin, resistant maltodextrin, soluble corn/wheat fiber),
immunity claim
• Gurus Custom Survey Global and regional Prebiotics January 2022
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• Rossi et al., 2008, Ital. J. Anim. Sci.
• Farhangi et al., 2017, Clin Nutr
• Stephen et al., 2017, Nutr Res Rev 

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