A Prebiotic Substance Persistently Enhances Intestinal Calcium Absorption and Increases Bone Mineralization in Young Adolescents

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  • Kevin D. Cashman PhD

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    1. Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, and Department of Medicine, University College, Cork, Ireland.
      Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University College, Cork, Ireland; Phone: 353–21–4901317; Fax: 353–21–4270244; E-mail: k.cashman@ucc.ie.z
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Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University College, Cork, Ireland; Phone: 353–21–4901317; Fax: 353–21–4270244; E-mail: k.cashman@ucc.ie.z

Abstract

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.

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