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Can Probiotics Help Combat Malnutrition?

Worldwide, nearly 50% of all deaths in children under the age of 5 are attributable to undernutrition. Recent studies suggest that optimizing children’s microbiomes may in fact be the key to combating malnutrition and preventing the tragedy it causes.  In one study, researchers implanted fecal microbiomes from healthy and malnourished children into germ-free mice. All of the mice were then given the same diet, approximating the typical diet of a child in Malawi. Despite the lack of adequate nutrition in the diet, the mice that received microbes from healthy youngsters grew bigger across the board, suggesting healthy gut bacteria may in fact counteract a nutrient-poor diet.  Read more.....



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