Ground-Breaking Innovation: Natural Protection Against Infectious Diseases by Human-Milk-Oligosaccharide Fucosyllactose

October 13, 2009

BONN and RHEINBREITBACH, Germany, October 13 /PRNewswire/ — Human milk
oligosaccharides – an important ingredient in human breast milk – play a
central role in protecting infants against infection. An innovative process
developed by Jennewein Biotechnologie GmbH allows for the first time ever the
production of these scarce sugar molecules for use as an ingredient in baby
food and in additional food products.

Human breast milk is the perfect food for infants not only because of its
optimal nutritional value but also because of ingredients that have special
biological functionalities. Like fat and proteins, saccharides represent one
of the major components of human milk. In addition to lactose one liter of
human breast milk contains 7-12g of human milk oligosaccharides (HMO). These
HMOs are complex sugar molecules that are mostly specific to human beings.

Jennewein Biotechnologie has developed a production process for the sugar
Fucosyllactose. Fucosyllactose, a major constituent of the HMO-group, has an
important function in the immune defense of infants. Extensive research shows
that a higher concentration of Fucosyllactose in human milk significantly
lowers infants’ risk of infection. According to the latest scientific
findings, intake of Fucosyllactose not only considerably reduces the risk of
diarrhea but also of further viral and bacterial infection.

The innovation by Jennewein Biotechnologie allows the inclusion of these
oligosaccharides in infant food, so that babies that are not breastfed can
also take advantage of the beneficial effects of these sugar molecules.
Additionally, the health-protecting effect of Fucosyllactose is not limited
to infants. If Fucosyllactose is used as a food ingredient in further food
products, a vast number of consumers will be able to take advantage of the
proven functional effects of Fucosyllactose.

Since Fucosyllactose of Jennewein Biotechnologie is a natural aliment and
not a pharmaceutical, it can be used and consumed as a food ingredient
without any restrictions.

    Jennewein Biotechnologie GmbH
    Maarweg 32
    D-53619 Rheinbreitbach

    Tel: +49-2224-9679669
    Fax: +49-2224-9880854
    Email: info@jennewein-biotech.de
    Internet: http://www.jennewein-biotech.de

SOURCE Jennewein Biotechnologie GmbH

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