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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

food allergies + breastmilk

Scientists have confirmed the unique composition of a mother's breastmilk may help to reduce food sensitization in infant's food allergies. HMOs are structurally complicated sugar molecules unique to human breast milk. They are the third most abundant solid component in human milk after lactose (a different type of sugar) and fat. They are not actually digestible by infants, but act as a developmental guide to infant gut microbiota, which previous research suggests is a key influencer of allergic disease. Past research has shown that breastfed infants have a lower risk for a variety of medical conditions, such as wheezing, infections, asthma and obesity and now, is linked to reducing the risk of food allergies in children. By understanding the role of breastmilk HMO's - future therapies for food allergies could be on the horizon. news medical life sciences
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