Watch: Probiotics and infant allergies — Follow-up study by Danone Nutricia to assess benefits of synbiotics

By Gary Scattergood

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Danone Nutricia is to further explore the benefits of probiotics in preventing infant allergies, after an initial trial showed that supplementation restored the microbiota diversity of babies delivered via C-section.

Speaking at our Probiota Asia summit in Singapore last month, Dr Guus Roeselers presented findings from a recent trial in Singapore and Thailand, which showed how a combination of pre- and probiotics very quickly restored the microbiota diversity of C-section babies.

"When it comes to infants, it is very simple,"​ he told us. "It is of the utmost importance to develop a bifidobacterium ecosystem."

The study, published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition​, found that a unique synbiotic combination of prebiotic oligosaccharides and probiotic bifidobacterium breve​ M-16V in infant formula restored gut colonisation by bifidobacteria​ and supported healthy gut development.

But as Roeselers points out in the video, it also appeared to contribute to a reduced risk of allergies, something that will be assessed further in follow-up research.

Watch the video to find out more.

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