Tapping into sports and fitness nutrition

Ganeden nutritionThe sports & fitness nutrition market is expected to reach US 67 billion by 2017. In this White Paper, Ganeden unpacks research which demonstrates its GanedenBC30 probiotic (Bacillus coagulants GBI-30, 6086) supports protein absorption.

Data from a recent study demonstrated that in just two weeks, combining one billion colony forming units (CFUs) of GanedenBC30 with one serving of protein per day increases the absorption of 23 important amino acids over the baseline compared to protein without GanedenBC30.  The results are particularly important to food manufacturers that target the sports nutrition and active adults markets that feature protein as a key ingredient.

‘We have known for some time that GanedenBC30 benefits those consuming protein, but this study provides the data to illustrate the role that GanedenBC30 can play in enhancing the use of protein in muscle growth and recovery,’ said Mike Bush, Ganeden’s senior vice president.

Dr. Ralf Jäger, president of Increnovo LLC, certified sports nutritionist and a Fellow of the International Society of Sports Nutrition stated that “improved protein utilisation might benefit people supplementing their diets with protein such as athletes trying to increase pre-workout effect on muscle protein synthesis, or people trying to balance the loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength associated with ageing.’

Jäger adds, ‘Previously considered inferior protein sources which are naturally lower in leucine such as soy or rice, might specifically benefit from GanedenBC30, giving athletes with allergies against lactose or who are cautious about cholesterol a valuable alternative to whey protein.’

The effects of GanedenBC30 with protein were examined in a random double blind crossover clinical trial on key amino acids including leucine (the regulator for muscle protein synthesis), isoleucine and valine (branched chain amino acids), as well as histidine, alanine, asparagines, citrulline, cystine, glutamine (a key amino acid for supporting ph balance and the immune system), methionine, ornthinine, serine, threonine, tryptophan and phenylalanine. Raw data indicated that GanedenBC30 had a positive effect (increases) on the absorption of a number of these key amino acids: Leucine by 23 per cent, Isoluecine by 20 per cent, Valine by seven per cent, Glutamine by 116 per cent, Ornithine by 100 per cent, Tryptophan by 100 per cent and Citrulline by 128 per cent.

  • Increased levels of glutamine have been shown to slow degradation of muscle protein and supports immune system and gut integrity from the exercise-induced stress.
  • Leucine is the only dietary amino acid that has the capacity to stimulate muscle protein synthesis and has been found to slow the degradation of muscle tissue by increasing the synthesis of muscle proteins. Leucine has recently earned more attention as a catalyst for muscle growth and muscular insurance.
  • Tryptophan is an essential amino acid. It cannot be synthesised by the body and must be obtained through diet. Tryptophan functions as a biochemical precursor for Niacin, an essential human vitamin, and serotonin, an important neurotransmitter.

Download the white paper Profiting from the Protein Market by Ganeden here