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Breast-Feeding: Early Influences on Later Health

Volume 639 of the series Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology pp 67-79

Intestinal Flora

  • C. KunzAffiliated withInstitute of Nutritional Sciences, Department of Pediatrics and Neonatology, Justus-Liebig-Universität dessen
  • , S. KuntzAffiliated withInstitute of Nutritional Sciences, Department of Pediatrics and Neonatology, Justus-Liebig-Universität dessen
  • , S. RudloffAffiliated withInstitute of Nutritional Sciences, Department of Pediatrics and Neonatology, Justus-Liebig-Universität dessen

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The intestinal colonisation with a balanced microflora is of major importance for an appropriate development of the immune system. In recent years, there has been increasing scientific and commercial interest in modifying the flora for health promotion. Dietary factors that are thought to be effective in that context are the so-called prebiotics, i.e., unabsorbable carbohydrates as microbial substrates, or probiotics defining specific live, digestion-resistant bacteria with potential health benefits.