Probiotics Combat Infant Malnutrition by Restoring Key Gut Bacteria
In severely malnourished Bangladeshi infants, restoring a strain of the bacterial species Bifidobacterium infantis promoted rapid weight gain and lowered markers of intestinal inflammation, researchers say. B. infantis is an early colonizer of the infant gut that consumes human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs).
@dimple Treatment of infants with SAM with a commercial probiotic strain isolated from a US infant provided partial restoration of B. infantis levels, though still to levels well below those found in healthy children," he noted. "The treatment improved weight gain and this was associated with improvements in biomarkers of intestinal inflammation