Study shows GanedenBC30 supports protein absorption


The study was done at Lindenwood University in Missouri and is published in Nutrition and Metabolism

Ganeden’s BC30 ingredient supports protein absorption, a human clinical study has reportedly shown.

GanedenBC30 (Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086) is a spore-forming probiotic ingredient. The double-blind randomised, controlled crossover study demonstrates it can increase amino acid absorption into the bloodstream, Ganeden says.

Researchers examined the effect of adding GanedenBC30 to Ultranor MPC, Kerry’s nutritional milk protein concentrate. Thirty people aged 18-55 ingested 25 g of Ultranor with or without 1 billion CFUs (colony-forming units) of GanedenBC30 daily for two weeks. Blood samples were taken at regular intervals and analysed for concentrations of 22 amino acids.

Significantly greater quantities of amino acids were found in the blood of participants who consumed GanedenBC30 than those in the control group. They also had higher maximum concentrations of 10 amino acids, signalling increased absorption of the milk protein. Furthermore, consuming GanedenBC30 with Ultranor reduced time to reach peak concentrations of certain amino acids.

Donald Cox, PhD, Director of R&D for GanedenBC30, said: “Everyone needs protein, but we can only absorb so much at a time. This study shows that GanedenBC30 improves amino acid absorption, therefore supporting protein utilization. It’s an exciting addition to the wealth of science that makes GanedenBC30 the leading spore-forming probiotic.”

The researchers say there is particular potential for aging populations, as protein absorption happens less efficiently in seniors, and higher intake is needed to maintain muscle mass and strength. Protein utilisation is also a sought-after benefit for athletes, in whom it supports functions such as muscle repair.

Donald Cox added: “GanedenBC30 is already supported by over 25 papers. Now, in addition to its many benefits for gut and immune health, manufacturers can point to new evidence that it supports protein absorption.”


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Stecker et al. “Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086 improves amino acid absorption from milk protein”, Nutrition & Metabolism, 23 October 2020