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Excellence award to Chr. Hansen at HI Europe 2010
Finally the benefits of probiotics are reaching the sports industry. Chr. Hansen has received the HI Excellence Award for the probiotic strain, PCC®, supporting the immune health of athletes.
On November 16, at the opening day of the HI Europe 2010 trade fair, Chr. Hansen was awarded the prestigious Health Ingredients Excellence Award within the Sports Performance category. The HIE Awards celebrate the best innovations and companies in the ingredients community, and Chr. Hansen was selected among candidates representing some of the most innovative ingredients on the market right now.
“We are very proud to receive this prestigious award. Probiotics are today used more mainstream in yogurts and standard dietary supplements, and the benefits have not yet been reaped by the sports nutrition industry. PCC® is a probiotic strain showing effect within sports nutrition and is clinically documented in placebo-controlled studies to reduce illness in athletes after training“, comments Sune Schmoelker, Commercial Development Director, Human Health & Nutrition, Chr. Hansen.
Enhancing immune resilience
Studies have shown that intense exercise stresses the immune system of athletes and may subsequently increase the risk of illness. Immune resilience is an important factor as athletes remaining free of infections during training periods tend to perform better than those who get sick.
A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study in competitive distance runners conducted at the Australian Institute of Sport showed that PCC® reduced the total number of days with symptoms of respiratory infections. The study was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine in 2008. The Australian Institute of Sport, in conjunction with Griffith University and Chr. Hansen, has also recently conducted further investigation of PCC®. This study on 99 competitive cyclists, which has not yet been published, found that PCC® reduced symptoms of lower respiratory illness in males.
“One of the key advantages compared to medications is that PCC® being based on a lactic acid bacterium is a totally natural compound with no side effects. And fewer days of illness mean fewer involuntary breaks in the training,” states Sune Schmoelker.
L. fermentum PCC® is owned by the progressive biotech company Probiomics Ltd. in Australia and was in 2009 exclusively licensed for Chr. Hansen. PCC® is today produced and marketed globally as an innovative and clinically documented active health care ingredient for the premium section of the sports nutrition industry.
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Chr. Hansen is a leading, global bioscience company that develops natural solutions for the food, nutritional, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. We develop and produce cultures, enzymes, probiotics and natural colors for a rich variety of foods, confectionery, beverages, dietary supplements, animal feed, and plant protection. Our product innovation is based on around 40,000 microbial strains – we like to refer to them as “good bacteria”. Our solutions enable food manufacturers to produce more with less – while also reducing the use of chemicals and other synthetic additives – which makes our products highly relevant in today’s world. Sustainability is an integral part of Chr. Hansen’s vision to improve food and health. In 2019 Chr. Hansen was ranked as the world’s most sustainable company by Corporate Knights thanks to our strong sustainability efforts and our many collaborative partnerships with our customers. We have been delivering value to our partners – and, ultimately, end consumers worldwide – for over 145 years. We are proud that more than one billion people consume products containing our natural ingredients every day. Chr. Hansen was founded in 1874 and is listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen.