Gastrointestinal health

The infant intestinal microbiota is established during the first weeks after birth. Thereafter the microbiota becomes a fingerprint of the individual early in life and affects intestinal development significantly. Therefore, it is of major importance for the infant that early nutrition supports a healthy microbiota and intestinal development.

Human milk is recognised for its ability to promote infant gut development and health through components like alpha-lactalbumin, immunoglobulins, lactoferrin, MFGM proteins and sphingolipids including gangliosides. These components secure a healthy intestine through several mechanisms including: supporting a healthy microbiota, antimicrobial effects and diarrhea prevention and support a healthy intestinal growth and maturation.

Arla Foods Ingredients has developed several ingredients with a positive influence on gastrointestinal health. Lacprodan® MFGM-10 has a unique protein and lipid profile including bioactive compounds such as lactoferrin, IgG and phospholipids including gangliosides. This composition is behind antiviral and antibacterial mechanisms that combat gut-derived infections. Alpha-lactalbumin, present in high amounts in our two products Lacprodan® ALPHA-10 and Lacprodan® ALPHA-20, is a dominant protein in human milk which reduces discomfort related to formula feeding and supports a healthy gut flora.

Related products: Lacprodan® MFGM-10, Lacprodan® ALPHA-10 and Lacprodan® ALPHA-20.

Zavaleta et al. 2011. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 53: 561-568. 

Arla Foods Ingredients supports the WHO recommendation for exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of an infant’s life and continued breastfeeding up to the age of two or beyond in combination with nutritionally appropriate complementary foods.