HMOs are a very special type of prebiotic. However, until very recently it was not widely understood how exactly these prebiotics are beneficial to children and why it’s important for them to be in your kid’s diet2.
Now, thanks to Abbott Nutrition’s breakthrough research, we know that a specific HMO, 2’FL HMO, functions as an immunity supporter and provides numerous health benefits to a growing child5. Being able to include this important nutrient in children’s formula milk is one of the biggest advances in child nutrition.
Read on to learn more about these gut‐nourishing prebiotics and why you’ll want to make sure your child is getting them.
It’s a fact: preschool kids tend to get sick often. In fact, children under the age of 6 catch an average of six to eight colds a year, plus deal with ear infections, bouts of diarrhea, and other illnesses. On top of that, some also develop allergies, asthma, and eczema4.
But while there’s a lot you can do to keep germs from wreaking havoc on your child’s health, did you know that one of the best ways to prevent illnesses and boost the immune system can be found in the gut?
The HMOs and nucleotides (an essential building block in the body) support your growing child’s digestive system. And because 70% of the immune system exist in the gut, keeping your child’s digestive system healthy also means strengthening her immunity3.
There are 3 ways by which HMOs help strengthen your child’s immune system.6
First, HMOs serve as food for good bacteria in the gut. When beneficial bacteria are properly nourished, they are able to grow, multiply, and fight off bad bacteria. Good bacteria also produce short‐chain fatty acids that strengthens the immune system further.
Second, HMOs act as decoys that prevent bad bacteria from attaching to gut cells thus preventing them from entering your child’s system.
Third, some HMOs are also absorbed into the bloodstream where they can trigger immune cells to release protective factors, regulate allergies or infections in your child. Thus, HMOs deliver an immunity boost beyond the gut.
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