Recently, awareness and knowledge of the strength of good bacteria have increased.
The world also understands the impact that they may have on some of the major challenges we face. Among them are discarding food, overuse of antibiotics and the need for sustainable agricultural sector to feed the growing world population, while preserving our planet for future generations. Stepping into 145 years of research in microbiology, Chr . Hansen is uniquely positioned to address these challenges by introducing innovation.
For example, intestinal health and microbes have been a hot topic lately. In scientific journals, our intestines are called “the second brain”. Our human microbes live in a symbiotic relationship with our body. This speaks a lot about complexity in this area.
What surprises many people is the fact that h e human cells are equal to only 43% of the total cells of our body. The rest are microscopic colonists. We have 1-2 kg of bacteria in and on our body and 100 times more bacterial genes than human genes. Our intestinal health affects the functioning of our body in many ways; such as on digestion and the absorption of food and energy. Also, 70% of our immunosuppression and sensations are performed by our gut.
Bacteria are actually their own way of nature to help people, animals, and plants stay healthy.
The beauty is that they are not like antibiotics. We do not add “foreign chemicals” to our bodies with desirable and undesirable side effects. These are rather therapies based on supplementation with useful “missing microbes” that aim to restore the balance that is vital to health. While antibiotics were a critical health tool since the discovery of penicillin in the 1920s, antibiotic resistance is now not only a threat to human health but also to animal health.
In Chr . Hansen has made a strategic commitment to the UN’s global goals for health and well-beingby committing to launch 6 new products with a documented health effect by 2022. Scientists are already beginning to have a better understanding of the effects of good bowel health. Therefore, we are committed to leading the way in understanding how living good bacteria from the human microbe can potentially help improve human and animal health while reducing excessive use of antibiotics.