Pre- pro or synbiotics play an important role in the modulation of the gut microbiota
growing amount of clinical evidence shows that pre- and probiotics can have
beneficial effects in infants at risk of, or living with food allergies.1–4
are a combination of pre- and probiotics.5 Pre- and probiotics can
influence the immune system directly, or indirectly, via the gut microbiota,
and therefore they may play a role in preventing the onset of an allergic
disease.6 The objective of combining pre- and probiotics is to
achieve stronger positive effects than with either component alone (synergy).7
microbiota dysbiosis has been reported in infants with allergic conditions
with low levels of bifidobacteria and lactobacilli compared with
healthy, breastfed infants.8
the presence and important role of these naturally occurring pre- and
probiotics, and recognising that breast feeding is not always possible, there
is a compelling rationale to combine pre- and probiotic ingredients
(synbiotics) in infant formula so that functionally it more closely resembles
human breast milk.
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