Severe Acute Malnutrition & Probiotics

Source: International Probiotics Association

Recent research indicates that gut microbiota (GM) dysbiosis may be involved in development or maintenance of acute malnutrition, opening a window in which targeting the microbiome with probiotics may be beneficial.

Tragically, severe acute malnutrition (SAM) directly contributes to nearly one million deaths of children under age 5 annually and indirectly to millions more. Better solutions are urgently needed. Evidence suggests that GM dysbiosis may be involved in development or maintenance of acute malnutrition. A recent meta-analysis on probiotics and synbiotics use in SAM concluded that probiotics show promise, and may thus offer a potential direction for future research and management of SAM.

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