Nutrition / Food Ingredients

Functional saccharides for the use in infant nutrition

Breastfeeding is the best nutrition for human infants because human milk not only contains high concentrations of human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) but also other nutrients and maternal antibodies that promote healthy development. Today’s commercial infant formula products do not contain HMOs because the sugars are only found naturally in human milk and have not been available on an industrial scale so far.

The beneficial properties of HMOs include their ability to protect neonates against viral and bacterial infections, and from serious inflammation such as necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), for example. Scientific studies have also shown that human milk oligosaccharides have prebiotic effects that promote the natural development of the intestinal microbiome thus reducing the risk of allergies, and that they promote the healthy development of the neuronal system.

Due to our developments, first human milk oligosaccharides are now available as ingredients for nutritional products. These significant advances mean that non-breastfed infants can now also benefit from the health-promoting properties of human milk oligosaccharides.

Jennewein Biotechnologie and its local partners are happy to provide more detailed information about our product offering relating to infant nutrition on request.