DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences has launched Howaru Calm, a probiotic aimed at helping reduce stress.
The company said that Howaru Calm’s featured strain – Lactobacillus paracasei Lpc-37, was scrupulously tested to ensure its quality, efficacy and performance.
During a recent clinical study, participants took Lpc-37 daily for five weeks before undergoing an acute stress test — the Trier Social Stress Test – which is considered the most valid and reliable laboratory protocol for inducing stress in humans in a clinical setting.
Researchers measured participants’ mood, stress and anxiety levels in response to the five-week intervention with Lpc-37, their perceived and physiological response to the acute stress test at the end of the study, and their overall mood, health and well-being throughout the study, and compared the results to a placebo group. Those participants taking Lpc-37 reported a significant reduction in perceived stress following five-weeks of intervention.
Too much stress, or daily chronic stress has become more prevalent in today’s society and can seriously impact our mental and physical well-being and overall health.
“Over the last few years, we have been investigating the links between the gut microbiota and brain health —the so-called microbiota-gut-brain axis. During these investigations, our focus was on discovering a natural probiotic solution targeting brain health, more specifically mood, stress and anxiety.” said Dr Elaine Patterson, senior R&D scientist, DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences.
In the last five years, the industry has seen a 34 percent global increase of new probiotic supplements that help stabilize mood and combat stress, as consumers have begun to recognize the critical impact the gut has on the brain, said Stephanie Udell, global marketing leader, DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences.
Howaru Calm can be added to existing dietary supplement products or used to create new ones, said the company. In addition, the probiotic can be formulated into innovative food and beverage products sure to meet the increasing consumer demand for alternative probiotic formats.