Prebiotics show effects on pancreatitis, digestion

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Studies relating to short-chain fructooligosaccharides (FOS) prebiotic fiber were reported this year. One study showed prebiotic fiber supplementation, along with proper nutrition, in patients with severe acute pancreatitis may improve hospital stay, duration of nutrition therapy and acute phase response. The study appeared in the World Journal of Gastroenterology.

Another study appeared in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. It showed the markers for FOS in the small intestine at gene expression level. Applying these marker changes would make it possible to clarify the mechanisms of how the administration of dietary fiber FOS and associated changes in the intestinal environment are recognized by host organisms as well as how its immunomodulating effects are expressed in the body.

These studies complement the more than 20 studies that support the role of short-chain FOS in helping to support immune health, according to GTC Nutrition, a business unit of Corn Products International, Inc. and based in Golden, Colo. GTC Nutrition offers NutraFlora short-chain FOS. For more information, visit

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