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    A Breast Milk Ingredient Is the Hot New Health Supplement for Adults

    By Jack Kaskey

    April 12, 2019, 6:00 AM EDT Updated on April 12, 2019, 10:02 AM EDT

    Ingredient boosts immunity and sharpens brain, makers say

    DuPont sees potential annual market reaching $1 billion

    Mother’s milk isn’t just for babies anymore.

    Global chemical giants DowDuPont Inc. and BASF SE are investing millions to ramp up production of an indigestible sugar found naturally in breast milk. Infant formula makers like Nestle SA can’t get enough of the synthetic ingredient. Now the companies are eyeing a potentially bigger customer: adults. DuPont estimates the annual market could reach $1 billion.

    Human milk oligosaccharide is the third most common solid in breast milk, after lactose and fat. HMO escapes digestion, allowing it to reach the colon where it feeds beneficial bacteria. HMOs may explain why breast-fed babies tend to fare better than formula-fed, said Rachael Buck, who leads HMO research at Similac formula-maker Abbott Laboratories.

    “It’s just been a fascinating treasure trove of benefits that we’ve uncovered,’’ Buck said.

    In babies, HMOs strengthen the developing immune system, helping fight infection and inflammation while aiding brain development, according to early research. New studies show those benefits may extend to people of all ages, fitting neatly into consumers’ growing fascination with probiotics -- the “good” bacteria that can help keep a human body healthy.

    Replicating Nature

    Synthetic HMOs come from the formula industry’s quest to manufacture a breast-milk substitute that’s as close to the real thing as possible. The purported benefits are still viewed with skepticism by some in the scientific community -- especially when they come at a premium price.

    “Never assume that the addition of a component of human milk actually makes the formula like human milk,’’ said Steven A. Abrams, chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics committee on nutrition. “It’s not,” said Abrams, a Dell Medical School professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

    HMOs could lead to treatments for adult ailments such as irritable bowel syndrome, allergies and even the aging brain, Buck said. An animal study at Abbott’s labs showed that HMO stimulated the vagus nerve, “a superhighway communicating from gut to brain,” she said. “This has the potential to help both brain development early in life and, later in life, brain decline.”

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    One time I asked a good family friend when she was going to wean that kid, the kid was three. She said "well first I have to wean his Dad". lol

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