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Prebiotics

Prebiotics are food ingredients that trigger the production of useful bacteria. A common type of prebiotic are the nondigestible food parts that help stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestines. Prebiotics have many functions. They improve digestion and facilitate the intake and absorption of essential minerals. Also, prebiotics strengthen the immune system. Perhaps the most important benefit of prebiotics is that they block and limit the growth of harmful, disease-causing bacteria. Most prebiotics can be obtained from plant-based carbohydrates and fiber-rich foods. Consult with a doctor to figure out the best way to incorporate prebiotics into the diet.

Is Prebiotic Supplementation Good for My Child? Early Supplementation of Prebiotic Oligosaccharides Protects Formula-Fed Infants against Infections during the First 6 Months of Life

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Supplementation of Prebiotic Oligosaccharides

Breastfed babies develop an intestinal microbiota dominated by lactobacilli and bifidobacteria that are less pathogenic than the intestinal flora of formula-fed infants. This balanced intestinal flora is fundamental for the proper development of the child’s immune system, and so it seems obvious that some characteristics of breast milk have not been reproduced in infant formulas,…

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Is Bifidobacteria Good for My Infant? Randomized Controlled Trial on the Impact of Early-Life Intervention with Bifidobacteria on the Healthy Infant Fecal Microbiota and Metabolome

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Bifidobacterium

Bifidobacteria is a kind of anaerobic (i.e., lives without oxygen) bacteria that normally inhabit people’s gut and help with food digestion. Bifidobacteria are one of the major genera of bacteria that make up the colon flora in humans and other mammals. One of the most important characteristics of bifidobacteria is that it is considered a…

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Prebiotics and Probiotics Ensure Infant Growth and Promote Gut Health Starter Formula Enriched in Prebiotics and Probiotics Ensures Normal Growth of Infants and Promotes Gut Health: A Randomized Clinical Trial

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Parenting Research Summaries

Breastfed infants are better protected against infections than formula-fed infants. Why? Because breast milk stimulates the development of bifidobacteria in the baby’s gut, and this bifidobacterium-rich microbiota has an important immunoprotective effect. New infant formulas attempt to incorporate some of the beneficial properties of breast milk. This includes the addition of prebiotics and probiotics, which…

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The Benefits of Infant Formulas with Prebiotic Supplements Physiological and Bifidogenic Effects of Prebiotic Supplements in Infant Formulae

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Parenting Research Summaries

Prebiotics are dietary supplements designed to regulate the composition of the gut microbiota, which can benefit people’s health. Galactooligosaccharides (GOS), oligofructose (a subgroup of inulin), and fructooligosaccharides (FOS) are examples of prebiotics. Before delivery, an infant’s gastrointestinal tract is sterile, but after birth, microorganisms rapidly colonize the baby’s digestive tract, which is part of adapting…

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