Healthy Gut Bacteria

INFAT® has a positive effect on the intestinal
microbiota composition during the first weeks of life

INFAT® has a positive effect on the intestinal
microbiota composition during the first weeks of life

The importance of gut microbiota

The intestinal microbiota, also known as the gut microbiota, is an essential organ that serves numerous important functions, including a continuous and dynamic effect on the immune system. Gut colonization begins after birth in a critical process that is heavily influenced by the newborn's nutrition. It is believed that human milk is an important factor in the initiation, development, and composition of the gut microbiota.
Human milk provides a source of microorganisms such as lactic acid bacteria and bifidobacteria that are considered to be beneficial for human health.

INFAT® mimics the special fat structure in human milk

Human milk is the optimal choice for infants, but when breastfeeding is not practical, the closest substitute is important for an infant's comfort, health and development. In human breast milk and in most infant formulas, the fat, primarily triglycerides, provides about 50% of the calories that are needed for healthy growth. Triglycerides in human milk are special as the fatty acids are attached to the glycerol backbone in a unique order which cannot be found in other types of oils. One major fatty acid in human milk, named palmitic acid, is mainly (70-75% of it) located at the sn-2 position. This typical structure called sn-2 palmitate, is responsible for some of the superiority of human milk. INFAT® is an sn-2 palmitate fat ingredient that mimics the composition, structure and benefits of human milk fat.

INFAT® containing infant formula increases levels of healthy gut bacteria

A double blind, randomized controlled study on 36 term infants demonstrated that feeding with INFAT® containing infant formula for the first 6 weeks of life beneficially affected infant gut microbiota by increasing the lactobacilli and bifidobacteria counts in fecal stools compared to a control formula. This clinical study demonstrated that INFAT® may affect the intestinal microbiota composition during the first weeks of life.
Colonization of the gut with lactobacilli and bifidobacteria is considered to promote good health, growth, and ability to fight off infections.

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