Studies with FrieslandCampina’s Vivinal GOS show increased uptake of iron and improved gut microbiome

7584661e-44c2-47e4-a726-51f6259add73articleimage.jpg

27 Nov 2017 --- Two recent studies have led to new insights into supplements containing FrieslandCampina’s Vivinal GOS. The first study showed an increase in iron absorption by 62 percent upon supplementation with Vivinal GOS in iron-deficient Kenyan infants. Additionally, the second study revealed that adding Vivinal GOS mitigated the adverse effects of iron supplementation on gut microbiota and infections.

“These are the first human studies that clearly show that prebiotics can improve iron absorption and reduce the negative side-effects of iron supplements in infants with iron deficiency,” says Professor Zimmermann from the Institute of Food, Nutrition and Health, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, whose group conducted both studies.

Studies improve iron uptake in Kenyan infants
Iron deficiency is a common global problem that can lead to anemia. To control iron deficiency, supplements containing iron are given. The first study by ETH in Zurich investigated whether adding Vivinal GOS to an iron-containing supplement affected the uptake of iron in Kenyan infants. The results of this study showed an increase in iron absorption by 62 percent after Vivinal GOS supplementation.

Adding iron to the diet of iron-deficient infants reduces the incidence of anemia, but may also increase the chance of infections. In the second study with Kenyan infants, the Zimmermann group showed that adding Vivinal GOS to an iron-containing supplement mitigated most of the adverse effects of iron: Vivinal GOS supplementation increased beneficial bacteria (Bifidobacterium & Lactobacillus), reduced pathogenic bacteria in the gut and reduced the number of treated respiratory infections.

Click to Enlarge“Vivinal GOS has long been a key ingredient in infant formula, which has been shown to have a beneficial effect on gut microbiota composition and defaecation,” says Dr. Marchel Gorselink, Development Director at FrieslandCampina DOMO. “Vivinal GOS is used mostly in infant nutrition designed to maintain a healthy gut; these new studies really add to a versatile use of this ingredient.”

“Currently we are working together with FrieslandCampina on a new study to find out whether Vivinal GOS increases iron absorption in young women,” adds Professor Zimmermann.

The uses of prebiotics like FrieslandCampina’s Vivinal GOS make up an interesting segment of the gut health space. For a thorough overview of the gut health platform, be sure to read NutritionInsight’s special report on gut health here and our look into synbiotics here

References:

1. WHO (2017)
2. Paganini, D. et al. (2017a)
3. Paganini, D. et al. (2017b)
4. Ben, X.-M. (2008)
5. Fanaro, S. et al. (2009)
6. Williams, T. et al. (2014)

To contact our editorial team please email us at editorial@cnsmedia.com

FrieslandCampina DMV

Collapse

DMV Simply Trusted

To DMV, milk is the most beautiful, natural raw material on earth. In order to make the most of milk’s added value, we unravel its deepest secrets, capture each individual facet, and supply our clients with the exact product they require.

Milk proteins form our core business, supplying our core markets: Performance Nutrition & Weight Management and Dairy. In caseinates we are the market leader across the world– a position we cherish and from which we want to grow through entering long-term relationships with our customers.

DMV aims to be a reliable partner, providing continuity throughout the chain. We have found a balance between sound business propositions and sustainable, personal relationships. That is how our customers know that DMV can be Simply trusted.

Related Articles

Nutrition & Health News

Sports nutrition mainstreams: A key theme at Vitafoods Europe 2018

18 May 2018 --- Boundaries are blurring as sports nutrition continues to move mainstream. Ingredients and products aimed at promoting active living were a clear standout theme at Vitafoods Europe this year. New launches targeted a wide scope of aspects related to active lifestyles, and are likely to resonate not just with hardcore athletes but also with consumers of different ages and activity groups. 

Nutrition & Health News

FrieslandCampina’s human milk oligosaccharide ingredient obtains EU approval and GRAS status

09 May 2018 --- FrieslandCampina DOMO’s new human milk oligosaccharide (HMO) ingredient, 2’-fucosyllactose (2’-FL), has been officially certified for use in infant formula in both European and US markets. The ingredient has received EU novel food approval and achieved GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US. The company reports that these authorizations are an important step forward in the plan of FrieslandCampina to launch its first HMO by the end of the year.

Nutrition & Health News

Prenatal and natal nutrition: Folate in focus

02 May 2018 --- One of the stages of life that arguably requires particular nutrient attention is pregnancy, as a woman’s body creates an environment to nourish and grow a baby. Crucial to creating a coherent nutritional profile during this time is folate, or folic acid. NutritionInsight shines a light on this nutrient and its importance in pregnancies.

Nutrition & Health News

Gut-brain boost: Kefir could lower hypertension, study finds

30 Apr 2018 --- Fermented probiotic milk drink, kefir, may have a positive effect on blood pressure by prompting communication between the gut and the brain. The drink, known to help maintain the balance of beneficial bacteria in the digestive system, was at the heart of the rodent study conducted by a research team from the Auburn University in Alabama, in collaboration with the University of Vila Velha in Brazil. The research echoes previous findings demonstrating a link between gut health and hypertension. 

Nutrition & Health News

From lab to market: A-Mansia secures funding for “unique” gut health products

30 Apr 2018 --- Belgian microbiome company A-Mansia Biotech has raised €13 million in first close Series A financing, pushing forward development of one their unique discoveries – the most abundant bacterial species of the gut microbiome – Akkermansia muciniphila (A. muciniphila) bacterium. The company is developing health products from the bacterium, which has been proven in laboratory conditions to prevent the development of disorders induced by a high-fat diet, i.e. cholesterol and weight-gain.

More Articles
URL : http://www.nutritioninsight.com:80/news/studies-with-frieslandcampinas-vivinal-gos-show-increased-uptake-of-iron-and-improved-gut-microbiome.html