Immune development in your children is important, especially in their early years. With 70% of the immune system being in the gut, it's vital that children get important nutrients, like prebiotics, to support and even strengthen their immunity.
We're proud to present our latest paediatric nutrition breakthrough with 2'-FL. Abbott has pioneered over 15 years of research on this immune-nourishing prebiotic found in breast milk! And now, 2'-FL is available in formula milk. Combined with nucleotides, an immune system developer, they support the strengthening of your child's natural defences. Let them grow, and help them learn fearlessly.
understanding your child's immune system
Your little one has two different systems of immunity – Innate and Adaptive:
Innate immunity is the body's ability to fight infection, like a base layer of protection.
Adaptive immunity is how the body learns to fight harmful invaders as it encounter them.
Here's how both systems work together to help your support your child's fight against diseases and infections:
2'-fl and nucleotides support your child’s two systems of immunity
What is 2'-FL?
An immune nourishing prebiotic found in breast milk that supports a child's innate immunity system. 2'-FL feeds the healthy bacteria in their gut, allowing it to work better. Having healthy microbes or bacteria in the little one's gut is critical to their immunity development. Learn more about 2'-FL here.
What are nucleotides?
Act as essential building blocks in the body. Studies have shown that they help to build immune cells and trigger release of antibodies, which help to support the immune system that kids develop over time.
^ Based on GNPD data, Abbott is the first company in the world to launch infant formula with 2'-FL.
why 2'-fl is great for immunity
Milk oligosaccharides, the third most abundant solid ingredient in breast milk after lipid and lactose, are a special form of prebiotic.1
2'-FL is the most common type of milk oligosaccharide. It acts as food to stimulate the growth of good bacteria (probiotics) in the gut, and is linked to an increase in the production of short chain fatty acids2, which help the gut and immune system to mature.3
Building the immune system starts before birth and continues through the first two years of life. Providing the right nutrition at this stage is critical to support the development of the child's digestive and immune systems.
As 70% of the immune system exists within the gut4, a well-development gut means stronger immunity for children.
1Vázquez E et al. Abstract presented at the 50th Congress of European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN). 2016.
2Yu ZT, Chen C, Newburg DS. Glycobiology. 2013 Nov;23(11):1281-92.
3Underwood MA, Gaerlan S, De Leoz ML, Dimapasoc L, Kalanetra KM, Lemay DG, German JB, Mills DA, Lebrilla CB. Pediatr Res. 2015;78(6):670–677. doi: 10.1038/pr.2015.162.
4Perdigón, G., Fuller, R., Raya, R. Curr. Issues Intest. Microbiol. 2001;2:27–42.