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Infant formula prebiotics might positively affect learning and memory

A new study recently published by researchers at the University of Illinois tested the brain level effects of prebiotics which are usually included in infant formula feeds. The Piglet Nutrition and Cognition Lab showed that the pre-biotics polydextrose and galactooligosaccharide included in the formula feed not only had a beneficial effect on the gut health but it also influenced brain development by improving memory and the exploratory behaviour. These also modulated the level of volatile fatty acids in the gut, blood, brain as also serotonin levels in the hippocampus. This is interesting since the study adds to a growing branch of research which explores the effects of gut microbes on brain and behaviour.

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