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Keywords:

  • calcium absorption;
  • non-digestible oligosaccharides;
  • pubertal adolescents

A number of short-term (9 days to 5 weeks) studies have reported that non-digestible oligosaccharides enhance intestinal calcium absorption. Recent interesting data from an intervention trial in adolescents (9–13 years of age) suggest that a non-digestible oligosaccharide can persistently stimulate calcium absorption over 12 months and can also enhance bone mineralization during pubertal growth.