One of the most exciting areas of development is microbiome modulation, using targeted pre- and probiotics to recalibrate the gut’s ideal microbial balance. This is opening up huge scope for natural functional foods to prevent and manage disease while encouraging healthier lifestyles.
The human microbiome is the aggregated microbial species that live in our bodies—mostly in the gut—and has a huge impact on our physical wellness. It provides us with vital nutrients including vitamins and short chain fatty acids, engaging in a cross-talk with our bodies that is responsible for a host of important metabolic activities.
Science is now revealing the significance of the role played by the microbiome in our wellbeing, with progressions in research revolutionising our understanding of human disease. From high cholesterol and obesity to digestive conditions, altered gut communities have been connected with a wide range of health problems and are becoming a major focus of clinical intervention.
By modulating the microbiome and restoring its optimal balance, it is even possible to achieve hunger-free weight management. No fads, rumbling stomachs or complex charts to follow, just scientifically-backed solutions based on independent human trials and research.
Microbiome science is also expanding application beyond the established shake and snack bar offering to include delivery systems such as muesli pots, gum blends, breads, cereals and sweet and savoury items, both baked and blended. With greater access to enjoyable, everyday meals and snacks, the public has the best chance of maintaining positive behaviours and lead healthier lives.
Rather than forcing abstinence upon consumers and damaging body confidence, nutraceutical innovations are allowing people to enjoy the foods they love without the guilt.