Snow Brand Milk Products Co., Ltd. (head office: Shinjuku, Tokyo, president: Tadaaki Kohnose) presented the research project at the 27th World Dairy Congress held from the 18th to 23rd of October in Shanghai, China.
The World Dairy Congress is the world's largest dairy congress and is held once every four years to exchange information on the newest research results in dairy technologies, government dairy policies, and livestock breeding and management gathered from all over the world. People in the dairy field attend the congress from industries, governments, universities, and laboratories all over the world. More than 1,500 participants from 52 countries attended this year's congress.
Milk Basic Protein (MBP®) - biological significance for bone health and product applications Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology and Technology and Research Institute, Snow Brand Milk Products Co., Ltd.
At this congress, we presented our test results regarding the effects of MBP® ingestion on bone metabolism in healthy elderly people, which we studied jointly with the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology, in addition to the effects of MBP® on bone health and product development we had already reported.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology has pursued a 10 year project to research the physical activities of elderly people with the help of Nakanojo Health Center in Gunma prefecture. As part of this project, we asked 100 female volunteers (who were 65 to 86 years old) to drink "Yukijirushi Mainichi Hone Kea MBP® (Snow Brand Daily Bone Care MBP®)" for one year and analyzed changes in their bone metabolism and bone density. "Yukijirushi Mainichi Hone Kea MBP®" is a soft drink approved as Food for Specified Health Uses (FOSHU) by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
The bone resorption marker, which provides an indication of bone destruction, significantly decreased, and the osteosonic index, which correlates with bone density, increased for those who drank this product.
* We verified the effects on adult females in 1999, adult males in 2000, women at menopause in 2005, and young healthy females (university students) in 2006.