Beloit, WI—GanedenBC30 has a beneficial effect on gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms and upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) symptoms, according to new research published inFood Research International.The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study was performed on 80 healthy school-aged children in Mexico, who took either 1 billion CFU GanedenBC30 or a placebo daily for 12 weeks.

A press release regarding the study notes that supplementation with GanedenBC30, a spore-forming probiotic from Kerry, significantly reduced the incidence of flatulence, and suggested a positive effect on stool consistency. In terms of URTI symptoms, it significantly decreased the incidence of URTI symptoms, including nasal congestion, bloody nasal mucus, itchy nose, and hoarseness, as well as the duration of hoarseness, headache, red eyes, and fatigue.
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Don Cox, R&D Director for Kerry’s ProActive Health Division, said in the release: “While there is already a large body of evidence of the digestive and immune health benefits of GanedenBC30, this research is particularly exciting because it is the first to focus on children, and shows the enormous potential of GanedenBC30 as a functional ingredient in products for kids.”