A recent study suggests that goat milk formula might contain strong anti-biotic and pre-biotic properties which could help prevent gastrointestinal infections among infants.
The study considered oligosaccharides, a kind of pre-biotic which can improve beneficial bacteria growth and therefore protect against the bad bacteria in the infant’s gut.
The researchers analysed the presence of natural oligosaccharides in 2 different goat milk-based infant formulas as well as their anti-biotic and pre-biotic properties. The findings of the study showed that the naturally occurring pre-biotic oligosaccharides in goat milk formula proved to be much more effective in boosting beneficial bacteria growth as well as hindering the growth of bad bacteria like E. coli in the gut.
Human milk comprises heavy amounts of oligosaccharides which are known to provide major health benefits to infants, which includes immune development, protection from gut infections and maintenance of a healthy gut micro-flora.
However, when breastfeeding isn’t possible or is insufficient, doctors advise infant formulas as a substitute however just a little detail is available about the amount of oligosaccharides such formulas may contain.
But the new study has shown promising results about the diversity and effectiveness of oligosaccharides in goat milk formulas as well as their similarity to the human milk.
The researchers discovered that two kinds of oligosaccharides, sialylated and fucosylated were present in huge amounts in goat milk formula.