Market monitor: December

Digestive health

Diets free from gluten and casein are often recommended as a way to reduce gastrointestinal (GI) problems in children with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD), says Bimuno manufacturer Clasado. A new study published in the journal Microbiome shows that the prebiotic supplement Bimuno (B-GOS) may be an effective alternative to reduce GI symptoms in autistic children, the company adds. Read more at:

Bimuno is a daily food supplement containing a unique, natural active ingredient, B-GOS which naturally feeds and stimulates the growth of good bacteria in the gut, the company explains.


Dioralyte is a rehydration solution that replaces essential body salts and fluid lost through diarrhoea. The ingredients are scientifically balanced to promote the absorption of fluids to rehydrate faster and more effectively than with water alone, says manufacturer Sanofi. Dioralyte is available in Blackcurrant, Citrus and Natural variants and is suitable for children and adults of all ages, however infants under the age of two years with diarrhoea should be seen by a medical practitioner as soon as possible.

Ceuta Healthcare: 01202 780558

Fibre plays a number of important roles in digestion, helping form stools, remove toxins and provide a food source for beneficial species of bacteria in the gut. A low fibre diet can starve sources of friendly bacteria, allowing more pathogenic strains to thrive, which can cause digestive symptoms. Increasing fruit and vegetable intake and taking a gentle fibre supplement such as Lepicol may help, says manufacturer ADM Protexin. Lepicol is a three in one combination of psyllium husk fibre, which contributes to the maintenance of normal bowel transit; five live bacterial strains to help rebalance gut microflora; and the prebiotic inulin, says ADM Protexin.

ADM Protexin: 01460 243230

Ear problems

Earex Advance Ear Drops offer a dual-action formula to gently soften ear wax and help reduce the need for syringing in those aged five and over, says manufacturer Lanes Health. When used reguarly, Earex Advance Ear Drops can also help to prevent the build-up of hardened ear wax and is particuarly suited to people who are more likely to suffer from ear wax problems, the company continues. Earex Olive Oil Ear Drops feature high quality, medicinal grade olive oil, which gently softens and removes earwax, Lanes Health adds.

Lanes Health: 01452 507458 

The Otex range consists of Otex Ear Drops, a pharmacy-only advanced dual-action formula containing urea hydrogen peroxide, which gets to work in around three to four days but can be used for longer, says manufacturer Dendron. Otex Express Ear Drops contain the same dual action formula but are available for self-selection, which is ideal for those already familiar with the drops, the company explains. This product is also available as a combi pack with a bulb syringe, and a gentler natural formula is available in the form of Otex Olive Oil Ear Drops.

Dendron Ltd: 01923 208400

Weight management

Lepicol Lighter is a scientifically developed, natural food supplement which could assist in a customers’ weight loss journey, says manufacturer ADM Protexin. Lepicol Lighter contains glucomannan, which in the context of an energy restricted diet may help to contribute to weight loss; chromium to help maintain blood glucose levels; and seven strains of live bacteria to help keep the gut healthy, the company claims.

ADM Protexin: 01460 243230


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