IMO is also named Bificus-factor because of its powerful growth stimulation of the main intestinal beneficial bacteria (Bifidobacteria), is a non-digestible food ingredient that beneficially affects the host by selectively stimulating the growth and/or activity of one or a limited number of bacteria in the colon to improve host health.? This product is a natural nutrient sweetener refined from the starch of the "Gold Maize" produced on the alluvial plain of the Yellow River Delta through enzymatic hydrolysis. It is classified into powder and liquid, as well as IMO-500 and IMO-900 on the IMO content.



Characteristics & Application of IMO:

IMO has the characteristics of low sweet, low calorie, low viscosity, low water activity, good moisture retention, non-fermentation, fine acid and heat endurance. Its physiological effects include powerful growth stimulation of bifido-bacteria, tooth decay-resistance, alleviating the fatigue, improving the peristalsis of intestines, preventing constipation, enhancing immunity and deterring the growth of harmful germs and noxious putrid substances.


IMO is widely used in food industry such as beverages, milk foods, confectionery items and pastries, without masking their natural flavor and initial quality, even more gaining such nutritious and healthcare effects that can improve the grades of products and strengthen their competitiveness on the market.


The applications for IMO in food industries:

1.Beverage (mildly sweet).

2.Brewing (non-fermentable properties, so leaving some residual sweetness and

    mouth- feel).
3.Confectionery (anti-cariogenic properties, cause less tooth decay);
4.Baking (anti-staling properties).
5.Health food industries, various functional foods and prebiotics [Bifidus bacteria  

    (also called bifidobacteria) growth factor].


IMO could replace part or all of sugar or syrups to produce different sweetness profiles for beverages since they are about half as sweet as sucrose. They could also be added during beer production as non-fermentable sugar syrups to replace some of the fermentable sugars altering the residual sweetness and mouth-feel of the resulting beers.

The anti-cariogenic properties could be employed by using IMO as replacements for sugar in many confectionery products. Dental caries are caused by insoluble glucan gums forming on the surface of teeth (plaque), and the formation of acids under this plaque which attacks the tooth enamel. It has been shown that IMO in place of sucrose reduces the amount of plaque formed and also reduces the amount of enamel attacking acids formed.

The reported higher moisture retaining capacity which would confer improved resistance to bacterial infection could be an advantage to industry.

The reported anti-staling properties should be an advantage in the baking industries in developing products with slower staling rates.

However it would appear that the major advantages and the major areas of use and interest are in the functional food area covering pre-biotic products. In Japan there are a number of so called functional foods sold which have reported health benefits, some of which use IMO as ingredients. Pre-biotic are non-digestible carbohydrates that pass through the small intestine undigested and are then fermented in the colon to produce a range of small chain fatty acids, specifically butyrate. It has been reported in clinical trials that IMO do not cause diarrhea when used in recommended doses. IMO is food sources that are preferentially chosen by pro-biotic bacteria (live beneficial bacteria) such as bifidobacteria in the gut that reportedly help modulate the gut micro flora and improve the intestinal microbial balance.

Isomaltooligosaccharide (ISABIFIDUS NUTRITION SOURC)

Isomaltooligosaccharide, low-calories, low-sweetness BIFDUS proliferate factor which prevents tooth decay without any side-effects to blood sugar, is indigestible and unabsorbable in the stomach and small intestines. As such it cannot be taken advantage of by harmful bacteria (septic bacteria, pathogenic bacteria). Once it is taken by human body, it will go direct to intestines, where it will feed BIFIDUS, activate them for a large-scale proliferation, which will then result in youthful, healthy and longevity effects.

The presence of BIFDUS bacteria as well as its quantity has a significant impact on human physiology and health. It is better to rear some benign intestinal bacteria rather than having to take such bacteria from outside. This is because the BIFIDUS bacteria that carry out self-reproduction are closer to the nature of human body.

Isomaltooligosaccharides is the latest bio technology food that speeds up self-reproduction of BIFIDUS bacteria in the intestines, which can the carry out physiological regulations effectively.

Clinical experiments conducted by specialists have proven that when the amount of BIFIDUS bacteria in the human body is maintained at a stable quantity, the process of healing will take place when there is illness, otherwise there will also be illness prevention and health preservation effects.

Among other functions, BIFIDUS bacteria enhances digestion and absorption of nutrition, regulates intestinal function disorders, prevents strengthens lover functions, improves on hyperlipemia and enhances immunity, which will then result in anti-infection, anti-tumor and anti-ageing.

How intestinal bacteria utilize Isomalto-oligosaccharides.
The bacterial population of the human gastrointestinal tract constitutes an enormously complex ecosystem. Most of these organisms are beneficial--Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus--but some are harmful: Salmonella species, Helicobacter pylori and Clostridium perfringens. Some dietary substances, the pre-biotic, can favor the growth of beneficial bacteria over that of harmful ones.

The concept of pre-biotic is relatively new and has been defined as non-digestible food ingredients that beneficially affect the host by selectively stimulating the growth or activity of one or a limited number of bacteria in the colon, improving the health of the host. Certain carbohydrates have found use as pre-biotic dietary supplements in order to selectively stimulate the growth of benefit.

Some of the advantages of IMO:
1.Non fermentable.
2.Mildly sweet (about half as sweet as sucrose).
3.ABifidus growth factor (an important factor in prebiotics, functional foods
claimed to provide health benefits).
4.Anti-cariogenic (prevents tooth decay).
5.Having a high moisture retaining capacity conferring improved resistance to
microbial infection.

6. Acts as an anti-staling agent.

5.Suitable for patient with diabetes.

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