Elaine Watson of Nutraingredients-USA.com caught up with Rich Mueller, Biothera healthcare group president, to discuss the challenges manufacturers face to support immune health claims. Mueller noted that using vitamins and minerals is not enough and that it takes ingredients based on numerous clinical studies demonstrating the direct correlation between a specific ingredient strain and the immune health benefit. The story also included mention of Praeventia Cookies with Wellmune WGP from Biothera now available at 500 Walmart stores. Biothera” ‘Using vitamins and minerals alone to support immune claims is not enough’
Thank you Better Nutrition for highlighting Wellmune WGP in your November 2011 issue. We were thrilled with this article, which focuses on natural ways to boost your immune system – just in time for cold and flu season. Wellmune WGP was the only ingredient mentioned by brand name.
This article mentions studies published in the Journal of Applied Research. One such randomized, placebo-controlled study, of 40 healthy adults over a 12-week period during cold and flu season, found that Wellmune WGP may reduce the severity of your cold and flu symptoms even if you do get sick. In this study, none of those in the Wellmune group missed work or school due to colds. Meanwhile, the people with colds in the placebo group missed an average of 1.38 days.
That’s the kind of welcome news we like to hear this time of year!
Nutraceutical Business & Technology, Nov/Dec 2011
Check out the latest issue of Nutraceutical Business & Technology for an article on how Wellmune WGP may change the way athletes, trainers and coaches approach supplementation. Substantial research demonstrates that high intensity exercise weakens the immune system. If you’re not well, you cannot achieve training or performance goals. Clinical studies in marathon runners and cyclists in a heat stress lab showed that Wellmune WGP reduced the incidence of upper respiratory tract infection symptoms and activated protective immune responses that maintain health. The results have sports nutrition implications for both recreational and elite athletes.
NutraIngredients-USA.com, a leading website for the supplement and nutrition industry, reported today that Wellmune WGP® is rapidly gaining acceptance as an immune health ingredient among major food, beverage and supplement manufacturers. Wellmune WGP, which primes innate immune cells that keep the body healthy, is an ingredient in products in more than 30 countries, including juices, fruit smoothies, toddler formula, soups and healthy snacks. The manufacturers of these products range from large global companies such as Mead Johnson and Coca Cola to regional food, beverage and supplement companies.
“Sales at biotech firm Biothera have exploded in the last three years as some of the biggest names in food and drink have started to take yeast-based beta glucan seriously as an immune health ingredient…”
Functional Ingredients, December 2010
Biothera, the Minnesota-based manufacturer of immune system support ingredient Wellmune WGP, has cut another notch in the science quiver for the ingredient with the results of a recent study in the UK. A trial conducted with 100 medical students found Wellmune significantly reduced the duration of upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) symptoms during the peak of the cold-flu season.
Wellmune WGP significantly reduced the duration of upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) symptoms in a healthy population of medical students during the peak of the cold-flu season. The research was presented last week at a British Society for Immunology conference in Liverpool, UK.
New Nutrition Business, June 2010
Biscuits Leclerc, Ltd., is a family-owned Canadian company that has been making biscuits and other snacks since 1905. The company is on the cutting edge of functional foods with its recent launch of a a healthy cookie line called Praeventia, which includes Wellmune WGP for immune health benefits.
New research from Biothera debunks the myth that all beta glucans are created equal. At the National Cancer Institute’s Frontiers in Basic Immunology meeting last year, Biothera presented data demonstrating that subtle differences in the molecular structure of various beta 1,3/1,6 glucans can significantly affect their ability to enhance innate immune system responses. In other words, structure matters.
Immunity has emerged as a worldwide health concern, prompting food,
beverage and supplement manufacturers to seek new ingredients
that deliver real immune benefits to consumers. The challenge for
manufacturers is evaluating the research behind the increasing number
of ingredients that claim to enhance immune system function. To separate the good science from the bad, the credible claims from the bogus, manufacturers would serve themselves well be asking 10 key questions.