Study supports immunity benefits of baby formula

Study supports immunity benefits of baby formula

Immune modulation benefits of yeast beta glucan, omega-3 and prebiotic blend highlighted in a nutritional study. 

Consumption of a milk-based children’s formula (supplied by Mead Johnson Nutrition) helped healthy children ages 1 to 4 experience fewer episodes of allergy symptoms compared with healthy children consuming unfortified cow’s milk. The research results were recently presented at Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego.

Consumption of nutrients such as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), prebiotics, and beta-glucan has been associated with a decrease in the occurrence of allergic manifestations (AM). In a double-blind, randomized, controlled trial, healthy 1 to 4 year old children from two daycare centers in Brazil were fed three servings/day of a cow’s milk-based follow-up formula with DHA, prebiotics, polydextrose and galactooligosaccharides, and beta-glucan or an unfortified cow’s milk-based beverage for up to 28 weeks. Occurrence of AM was assessed by study pediatricians and analyzed by the Cochran-Mantel-Haenszel test and the counting process of Andersen-Gill.

The study demonstrated that children consuming the fortified cow’s milk formula had fewer episodes of AM and a lower hazard ratio for having AM (HR, 0.64; 95% CI 0.47-0.89; p=0.007).

“This research further demonstrates the importance of immune support and modulation for young children whose immune systems are still developing,” said Richard G. Mueller, Biothera chief executive officer. “The study results are consistent with Biothera’s own research demonstrating that Wellmune WGP reduced allergy symptoms and improved the quality of life in adults.”

Wellmune WGP is an ingredient in Mead Johnson Enfagrow® and Enfakid® Premium children nutritional products in numerous countries in Asia and Latin America.


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