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Record number 357411
Title Nutritional support for the infant's immune system
Author(s) Niers, L.; Stasse-Wolthuis, M.; Rombouts, F.M.; Rijkers, G.T.
Source Nutrition Reviews 65 (2007)8. - ISSN 0029-6643 - p. 347 - 360.
Department(s) Food Microbiology Laboratory
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2007
Keyword(s) polyunsaturated fatty-acids - formula-fed infants - vitamin-a supplementation - long-term consumption - necrotizing enterocolitis - galacto-oligosaccharides - fructo-oligosaccharides - dietary ribonucleotides - infectious-disease - controlled-trial
Abstract Newborn babies possess a functional but immature immune system as a defense against a world teeming with microorganisms. Breast milk contains a number of biological, active compounds that support the infant's immune system. These include secretory immunoglobulin A (IgA), which confers specific protection against enteric pathogens, as well as numerous other immunological, active ingredients. A number of these ingredients can be used as supplements for infant formulas based on cow's milk. Here, the strength of evidence regarding the immune-stimulating effects of selected minerals, vitamins, fatty acids, pre- and probiotics, and nucleotides is reviewed. An assessment of how these ingredients are used in infant-formula products currently available on the market is also presented.
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