New avenues for probiotic applications open lanes of new product development for formulators.

Todd Runestad, Content Director,

February 24, 2021

Probiotics are well known for their benefits on digestive health and immunity. And word is slowly getting out to athletes that one element of their exertions is to maintain health—you’re not going to run a race effectively if you’ve got an upper respiratory tract infection. But the evolving story with probiotics goes far beyond just helping people stay healthy. Join senior editor Todd Runestad as he talks with Douglas Kalman, Ph.D., R.D., vice president of scientific affairs at Nutrasource, as they race to the finish to discuss:

  • Have we gotten to the point yet where we can identify specific probiotic strains that can help athletes?

  • How probiotic strains can increase protein absorption—of great importance to the athletic set.

  • How probiotic strains can affect indices that seem far afield from what we thought we knew about probiotics.

About the Author(s)

Todd Runestad

Content Director,, Natural Products Insider

Todd Runestad has been writing on nutrition science news since 1997. He is content director for and Natural Products Insider digital magazines. Other incarnations: supplements editor for, Delicious Living!, and Natural Foods Merchandiser. Former editor-in-chief of Functional Ingredients magazine and still covers raw material innovations and ingredient science.

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Todd writes about nutrition science news such as this story on mitochondrial nutrients, innovative ingredients such as this story about 12 trendy new ingredient launches from SupplySide West 2023, and is a judge for the NEXTY awards honoring innovation, integrity and inspiration in natural products including his specialty — dietary supplements. He extensively covered the rise and rise and rise and fall of cannabis hemp CBD. He helps produce in-person events at SupplySide West and SupplySide East trade shows and conferences, including the wildly popular Ingredient Idol game show, as well as Natural Products Expo West and Natural Products Expo East and the NBJ Summit. He was a board member for the Hemp Industries Association.

Education / Past Lives

In previous lives Todd was on the other side of nature from natural products — natural history — as managing editor at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. He's sojourned to Burning Man and Mount Everest. He graduated many moons ago from the State University of New York College at Oneonta.


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