The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial included 250 post-menopausal women. The results provide evidence that bone loss is significantly reduced with Probi’s probiotic supplement. The product tested in the study contains a unique combination of three patent protected Probi strains and was given daily for one year. The effect was measured on Bone Mineral Density using Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA). The subjects in the placebo group suffered significant bone loss over the study period in contrast to the subjects treated with the three probiotic strains, who were protected against bone loss.
“We are very excited about the results showing an opportunity to delay the progression of bone loss by using our probiotics in this healthy population, which potentially may lead to a reduced risk for osteoporosis,” said Ole Søgaard Andersen, CEO of Probi.
Osteoporosis constitutes a major health concern that places a considerable economic burden on the health care system and entails a lot of suffering for the patients in relation to bone fractures. The increasing number of fractures associated with the aging population emphasizes the importance of developing preventive solutions. The bone loss process increasing the risk for osteoporosis starts already around the age of 30. Both men and women are affected even though the risk is higher in women where the bone loss rate increases in the menopausal phase.
The number of new product launches with a bone health position is increasing, but Probi’s probiotic strains will be one of the first probiotic products to be launched in this segment. The new concept will target both the Consumer Healthcare and Functional Food market segments and will be launched later this year.