Probi® is entering into a three-year of collaboration with researchers at La Trobe University in Australia studying bone health.
Lund, Sweden – 19, March 2021: The collaboration will include a clinical trial that is aiming to investigate the effect of Probi® Osteo in an Australian female population. Supported by novel techniques, the modulatory role of the gut micro biome and Probi Osteo will be further explored on bone metabolism, micro architecture and density.
Heading the research group in Australia is Associate Professor George Moschonis, La Trobe University, who is an internationally recognized leader in nutrition research.
Dr Moschonis said: “recent scientific evidence has consistently highlighted the important role of the gut microbiome on bone health. Considering these breakthrough discoveries, we are excited to contribute our strengths into further extending the current knowledge and produce additional high-quality research evidence that will shed more light on the effectiveness of probiotics in the reduction of bone loss”.
Bone loss after the age of 30
After the age of 30, bone loss exceeds bone formation, resulting in a gradual loss of bone density. For women, bone resorption – and consequently bone loss – accelerates, as estrogen levels decline during menopause. This acceleration increases the risk of osteoporosis and resulting fractures.
Probi study showed 78% decreased bone loss compared to placebo
Probi already launched the Probi® Osteo concept in 2018, based upon the combination of Lactiplantibacillus plantarum HEAL9 (HEAL9™), Lactiplantibacillus plantarum HEAL19, and Lacticaseibacillus paracasei 8700:2. Probi Osteo is clinically proven to maintain healthy bones in a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study of 249 healthy women aged 47–69 years. The clinical study showed 78% decreased bone loss compared to placebo, and the study was published in The Lancet.
Titti Niskanen, Director R&D & Clinical Operations at Probi® comments: “We have excellent clinical results from our 2018 study, and now the time has come to repeat the study. We work closely with international partners and academic groups to conduct state-of-the-art clinical trials and we confirm our findings and the health effects by multiple studies. With this collaboration we aim to continue and expand our research in the bone health area – an area where Probi has done pioneering work and has earlier completed a successful clinical trial showing significantly reduced bone loss by taking Probi® Osteo”.
“Bone health is a relatively new area within probiotics, and in alignment with Probi’s mission of being “First in Probiotics”, this collaboration proves our dedication to document our products in multiple clinical trials and our curiosity in understanding the mechanisms by which our probiotic strains can exert their beneficial effects”, adds Tom Rönnlund, CEO, Probi.