New Hope Network is part of the Informa Markets Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Synbiotics can boost kids' immunity

Milk fortified with both probiotics and prebiotics (a mix known as synbiotics) could help keep your little one's immunity high. 

Children between ages 1 and 4 who drank milk fortified with both probiotics and prebiotics (a mix known as synbiotics) daily for one year got sick significantly less often than children who drank unfortified milk, according to Johns Hopkins research. Synbiotics refers to the complementary action of prebiotics (antioxidant and soluble-fiber compounds that encourage the beneficial bacteria known as probiotics to grow in the digestive tract) and probiotics.

Children who received synbiotics had fewer cases of dysentery, pneumonia, and severe acute lower-respiratory infection. To maximize health benefits, pair probiotic-rich foods like yogurt and kefir with prebiotic-rich foods, such as whole-wheat products, oats, and beans. Added probiotics and prebiotics can be found in children’s supplements and foods, including yogurt and other dairy products. Look on the ingredient list for inulin, FOS, or fructan.

TAGS: General
Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.