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Kirin Studies Effectiveness of Lactic Acid Bacterium
 

Tokyo, Nov 11, 2003 (JCN) - The Kirin Brewery Co.,Ltd. (TSE: 2503) Central Laboratories for Key Technology have been conducting research into healthy, functional lactic acid bacteria. This research has discovered a new strain of bacteria, the Lactobacillus KW (scientific name: Lactobacillus paracasei, KW3110 strain).

Kirin announced the results of research into the effectiveness of Lactobacillus KW against allergies at the Japanese Society of Allergology from October 23 to 25, 2003. The research was conducted in cooperation with Group company Koiwai Dairy Products Co., Ltd. and the Graduate School of Education, Faculty of Science for Living Systems of Showa Women's University.

Focusing on anti-allergy effects, the Kirin Group conducted comparative studies covering its more than 100 strains of lactic acid bacteria to discover Lactobacillus KW with potent anti-allergy effect. Lactobacillus KW ameliorated allergies in animal models, and clinical study indicated efficacy against hay fever.

Interest in the functionality of lactic acid bacteria in improving health has increased in recent years, with areas of emphasis including digestive functions and anti-allergy effects. Although the number of people afflicted with hay fever, allergies to food, atopic dermatitis and other maladies has increased, particularly in developed countries, therapies have had adverse side effects or have only treated symptoms.

An easy-to-understand explanation of current developments will be presented on Kirin's Web site beginning October 15, 2003.

By Dale Hug Staff Writer

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