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Exciting new probiotic research has been published, featuring a popular combination of 6 different live cultures from the highly-regarded Institut Rosell. This extensively-researched live cultures combination includes two Lactobacillus strains, three Bifidobacterium strains and a Lactococcus strain, as well as a prebiotic in the form of fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) fibres. These strains have all been proven to survive stomach acidity to reach the gut alive. What's more, the two Lactobacillus strains (L. acidophilus Rosell-52 and L. rhamnosus Rosell-11) are some of the most researched live culture strains in the world, providing a formula well suited to help support daily digestive healthy and well-being.

Most recent findings

L. acidophilus Rosell-52 and B. longum Rosell-175 - June 2017 - A small pilot study of 10 participants, with diagnosed depressive disorders, aimed to evaluate the effects of L. acidophilus Rosell-52 & B. longum Rosell-175 on depression symptoms, such as low mood, anhedonia (inability to feel pleasure) and sleep disturbance. Participants were assessed using the Montgomery-Asberg depression rating scale to monitor mood symptoms, and sleep was monitored by observing brain activity, heart rate, and eye movement during the night. Participants supplemented with probiotics showed significant improvements in their symptoms, including improved sleep quality, mood score, and the ability to feel pleasure.
Source: Wallace, C. et al (2017) Findings presented at 13th World Congress of Biological Psychiatry. Poster P-05-015, presented June 19, 2017.

New study backs up earlier studies using the same combination of strains

Combination of probiotic strains show potential for stress - October 2010 - Lactobacillus acidophilus Rosell-52 & Bifidobacterium longum Rosell-175 were demonstrated to be beneficial in an innovative new trial linking gut health and stress levels. Published in the British Journal of Nutrition, this clinical trial found that the two probiotic strains are able to cause beneficial psychological effects in humans. 'These results provide further evidence that gut microflora play a role in stress, anxiety and depression' the French scientist reported. Volunteers were administered with either the two probiotic strains, or a placebo, every day for 30 days, and then tested for stress and anxiety levels. The probiotic group showed significant improvement in psychological distress, depression, anger-hostility and anxiety.

Source: Mr Messaoudi et al., 'Assessment of psychotropic-like properties of a probiotic formulation (Lactobacillus helveticus R0052 and Bifidobacterium longum R0175) in rats and human subjects.' British Journal of Nutrition, 10.1017/S0007114510004319

Lactobacillus acidophilus Rosell-52 has been shown to have a favourable impact on sleep in the elderly – 2009 - The study included 29 healthy subjects aged 60-81 years old who were given a Lactobacillus helveticus (this is in fact the same, but re-categorised as Lactobacillus acidophilus Rosell-52) fermented milk drink for 3 weeks. The same were then given a ‘wash out period’ and then given a placebo drink. Sleep quality was measured by means of actigraphy and a sleep questionnaire. It was found that the probiotic drink significantly improved the quality of sleep as well as number of waking hours, whereas the placebo did not.

Source: Yamamura S, Morishima H, Kumano-go T, et al. (2009) 'The effect of Lactobacillus helveticus fermented milk on sleep and health perception in elderly subjects.' Eur J Nutr 63, 100–105

Probiotics ease stress-related gut problems - January 2008 – Leading probiotic firm, Lallemand, led a double-blind study which randomly assigned either probiotics or placebos to 75 volunteers from 18 to 60 years old. Participants who received probiotics Lactobacillus acidophilus Rosell-52 and Bifidobacterium longum Rosell-175 reported considerable reduction in abdominal pain and nausea or vomiting compared to participants in the control group. Authors of the study at the Institut Rosell commented that this probiotic supplement could act on the intestinal microflora, the epithelial barrier, and the immune system in order to improve gastrointestinal problems induced by stress.

Source: L. Diop, S. Guillou, H. Durand (2008) "Probiotic food supplement reduces stress-induced gastrointestinal symptoms in volunteers: a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial" Nutrition Research (Elsevier) Volume 28, Issue 1, January 2008, Pages 1-5


For more information on probiotics and wellbeing, see:

Kocian, J. (1996). Further Possibilities in the Treatment of Lactose Intolerance: Lactobacilli. Prakticky Lekar (General Practitioner). Vol. 74. pp. 212 – 214

For further reading on Rosell strains, see:

Bifidobacterium bifidum Rosell-71 reduces colds in new study

New research on 3 Rosell strains

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