Digestive health is important to consumers. In a U.S. survey, 61 percent of consumers reported concern about maintaining digestive health and 43 percent were actively looking for products with natural ingredients to support that goal.
Babies are born with an immature immune system and a nearly sterile gut. Programming of their systemic immunity begins soon after birth and is strongly influenced by the multitude of bacteria that colonize the gut in their first days and weeks to form the body’s microbiota.
The large intestine, or colon, is the site of several unique functions in the body. Sitting at the terminal end of the digestive tract, the colon employs its large surface area – 300 square meters or about the size of a tennis court – to absorb water and concentrate food residue into feces.
Osteoporosis affects approximately 54 million Americans, is responsible for 2 million broken bones, and accrues annual costs of $19 billion (NOF, 2015). It is estimated that half of women and a quarter of men 50 years and older will experience an osteoporosis-related bone break.
The prevalence of diabetes is increasing dramatically and the disease has become a global health problem. Worldwide, 387 million people have diabetes, 8.3 percent of the world population, and prevalence is expected to rise to 592 million by 2035 (International Diabetes Federation, 2014).