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.

Susan Enfield, Senior Editor

December 20, 2010

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Synbiotics can boost kids' immunity

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.

About the Author(s)

Susan Enfield

Senior Editor, Delicious Living

Susan Enfield is senior editor for Delicious Living magazine and Supplement Editor for Natural Foods Merchandiser magazine and She writes frequently about health, nutrition, and supplements.

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