A prebiotic substance persistently enhances intestinal calcium absorption and increases bone mineralization in young adolescents

Nutr Rev. 2006 Apr;64(4):189-96. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-4887.2006.tb00201.x.


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.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Calcification, Physiologic / drug effects*
  • Calcium, Dietary / metabolism*
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Absorption / drug effects*
  • Oligosaccharides / administration & dosage
  • Oligosaccharides / physiology*
  • Probiotics* / administration & dosage
  • Puberty
  • Time Factors


  • Calcium, Dietary
  • Oligosaccharides