2'-Fucosyllactose - Human Milk Oligosaccharide
- Bio-identical Human Milk Oligosaccharide
- Unique prebiotic for gut health
- Gut-brain axis support
- 100 capsules / 400 mg per capsule
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What is 2'-Fucosyllactose (oligosaccharide prebiotic)?
2'-Fucosyllactose (2'-FL) is a universal prebiotic product for young and old that is produced by a leading company in Germany. 2'-Fucosyllactose is a unique compound originating in breast milk. The intestinal flora is an important player that influences many aspects of human physiology. Breast milk is by nature the baby’s first food forming the intestinal flora from the ground up, by selectively stimulating the growth of specific bacteria, especially bifidobacteria. The special sugar compounds (oligosaccharides) in breast milk to which 2'-Fucosyllactose belongs play a key role in this important process of microbiome formation.
Oligosaccharide: the unique power of breast milk
More than 100 years ago, it was noted that breastfed infants had better survival chances than infants who received the bottle. After decades of research it turned out that mother's milk contained a special composition that cannot simply be replaced by milk from other animals or man-made milk formulations.
One of the unique aspect of breast milk is that it contains high concentrations of oligosaccharides. The more than 200 oligosaccharides found in breast milk are known as Human Milk Oligossaccharides (HMOs). Sugars are in fact the main components of breast milk, followed by fats and proteins. Breast milk oligosaccharides constitute the third largest solid component of human milk, after lactose and fat.
The oligosaccharides are extremely rare in nature and uniquely found in breast milk when it comes down to composition and concentrations. For example, the high concentrations cannot be found in cow's milk or cow's milk-based infant formulas. Per liter of breast milk, the concentration of oligosaccharides is 5-15 grams, in sharp contrast to 0.05 grams per liter of cow's milk.
Oligosaccharides are complex and unique sugar chains that have a unique effect in the body. Given their the complex structure and bonds they might be seen as the fibers in breast milk. Breast milk oligosaccharides are resistant to digestive enzymes in the stomach and arrive intact in the lower intestines where they can do their work.
More than 200 different types of oligosaccharides have been identified in breast milk. The most common is 2'-Fucosyllactose (2'-FL), with a concentration of an average 2 grams per liter or 20-30% of the total oligosaccharide count. 2'-FL is one of the most researched Human Milk Oligosaccharides and it seems to offer benefits for young and old by mimicking the action of the oligosaccharides in mother's milk. The 2'-FL in this product is produced by fermentation and can be used as an effective and safe food supplement.
Prebiotics are resistant to degradation in the upper part of the digestive tract and are used by the intestinal flora in the large intestines as food. However, 2'-FL is more than just a prebiotic fiber, it has various other biological and physiological functions. For example, 2'-FL has systemic effects because it can enter the bloodstream and 2'-FL also provides the user with sialic acid, a potentially essential nutrient.
The gut-brain axis
The direct connection between the intestines and the brain via the vagus nerve has been receiving more and more attention from science. As a consequence the knowledge about this vital system has increased enormously in recent years. The brain-gut axis has become a household name and seems to be central to our health. The intestines and brain are constantly involved in two-way communication. Ways to positively influence this communication seem to be an interesting health strategy.
- Suitable for infants, young people and adults
- Bifidobacterium-specific prebiotic
- Gut-brain axis supplement via the vagus nerve
- For the little helpers in the gut and contra uninvited guests in the gut
- Long Term Potentiation (LTP)