Prebiotics and probiotics in infant nutrition

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Prebiotics and probiotics in infant nutrition

Antonio Alberto Zuppa, Immacolata Savarese, Antonio Scorrano, Valentina Calabrese, Vito D'Andrea, Annalisa Fracchiolla, Francesco Cota, Paola Sindico, Costantino Romagnoli

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Many studies have recently analyzed the modulation of the intestinal microflora showing a benefic effects reducing the number of enteritis, improving the oligoelements absorption and stimulating the immunitary system. To do so three way are available: the use of prebiotics, the use of probiotics and the symbiotic way. Prebiotics are non-digestible oligosaccharides that can stimulate selectively the growth bifidogenus bacteria. Probiotics are dietary supplements made of live micro-organisms which improve the microbial environment of the gut. In this review literature is examined the possible efficacy of prebiotics and probiotics in the pediatric age; however, the studies available do not permit to obtain definitive conclusions
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Prebiotics and probiotics in infant nutrition
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)69-83
Number of pages15
JournalPediatria Medica e Chirurgica
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • Prebiotics
  • infant nutrition
  • probiotics

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