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Prebiotic chicory root fiber strengthens immunity


BENEO has announced a new study which reveals that prebiotic chicory root fiber is highly beneficial for children aged 3-6 years – with its regular consumption leading to improved digestive health and strengthened immunity. 

Anke Sentko, Vice President Regulatory Affairs and Nutrition Communication at BENEO, commented: “Young children are particularly susceptible to infectious diseases during the winter months that often need to be treated with antibiotics, which are known to significantly damage the microbiota. This kind of early disturbance of the microbiota composition can create an imbalance in the gut which may affect health in later years.”

Some of the key highlights of the study are:

  • A first-of-its kind study delving deep into the effect of prebiotic chicory root fibre supplementation on the gut microbiota composition of children aged 3 to 6 years, including those undertaking antibiotic treatment
  • Prebiotic chicory root fibre can keep the level of beneficial bifidobacteria higher and more stable in children aged 3 to 6 years, reducing the antibiotic-induced disturbances of the microbiota composition
  • Enriching a child’s nutrition with prebiotic chicory root fibre (inulin and oligofructose) is an easy and tasty way to boost their inner defence by supporting their beneficial bacteria

The study, conducted by Prof Tamàs Decsi, University of Pécs, Department of Paediatrics, Clinical Center of the University of Pécs, Medical School in Hungary builds upon a previous publication demonstrating significantly reduced fibril episodes and sinusitis cases resulting from prebiotic chicory root fibre supplementation in young children, aged between 3 and 6 years old, BENEO reported.