• Is Colostrum the same as HMOs (human milk oligosaccharides)???

    Is Colostrum the same as HMOs (human milk oligosaccharides)???

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    It's a question we hear quite often at Layer Origin Nutrition.  People have either heard of Colostrum or currently take it and say something to the effect of: "What's the difference? Sounds like the same thing."  The reality is that while there are some similarities between Colostrum and Human Milk Oligosaccharides (HMOs), they are not the same thing and there is a huge difference...
  • Best Human Milk Oligosaccharide Supplements for Adults (HMOs)

    Best Human Milk Oligosaccharide Supplements for Adults (HMOs)

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    Human Milk Oligosaccharide (HMO) occurs naturally in human breast milk. Specifically, Human Milk Oligosaccharides (HMOs) are the third most abundant component in breast milk (excluding water), after fat and carbohydrates. In fact, scientists have identified more than 200 different types of HMOs in human milk.  HMOs are vitally important! They are immune-nourishing agents that give babies passive immunity from their mothers.  Previously, only babies who...
  • How a component of breast milk can help adults with gut health issues

    How a component of breast milk can help adults with gut health issues

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    The first time people hear the acronym HMO they might think of the health insurance plans that were popularized in the 90s.  HMO vs PPO ring a bell? But the three letters HMO also stand for something else. Something much more exciting, in fact.  Human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) are complex indigestible sugars naturally present in breast milk. In fact, HMO is the third most common...
  • Why the 19th century infant mortality rate was sky-high and how breast milk helped lower it

    Why the 19th century infant mortality rate was sky-high and how breast milk helped lower it

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    Most people probably have no idea how incredible breast milk truly is - that it can adapt to the baby's needs, that it virtually creates the baby's immune system from scratch.  This is not widely known.  Neither is the existence of HMOs.  Human Milk Oligosaccharides (HMOs) are the third largest solid component in breast milk. They are a special group of milk sugars that have...
  • Human milk: nutrient and beyond

    Human milk: nutrient and beyond

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    Mother's milk.  Babies will cry for it when they want it and want it fast.  But it's not just a matter of pure hunger or an egocentric desire. There's a big biological reason behind the baby's need for breast milk.  Human breast milk is recognized as the nutritional ‘gold standard’ for infants. It contains all the essential nutrients they need for healthy growth and...
  • Are you wasting money on your probiotic?

    Are you wasting money on your probiotic?

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    How does the gut microbiome affect your overall health? Did you know that your body is full of trillions of bacteria, viruses and fungi? They are known as the microbiome. Without the gut microbiome, it would be very difficult for us to survive. The microbiome has been identified as an important modulator of human health, to the extent that it has been classified as...
  • Are You Getting the Right Kind of Fiber?

    Are You Getting the Right Kind of Fiber?

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    What is dietary fiber? Dietary fiber consists of the edible parts of plants that are resistant to digestion and absorption in the body. It can be found in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts. Depending on its solubility in water, dietary fiber is commonly classified as either insoluble or soluble. Insoluble fiber: Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water. It is the bulky fiber...
  • How probiotics and prebiotics can boost women’s health

    How probiotics and prebiotics can boost women’s health

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    Some women spend hours deciding what to wear or watching YouTube makeup tutorials when most may not know that what’s on the inside can also lead to beauty. Yep … a healthy gut can improve your skin, enhance your mood, and leave you feeling more energetic. Women can work towards that healthy gut with probiotics and prebiotics.   The gut environment or ‘microbiome’ sets the stage...
  • Human milk oligosaccharide (HMO) is not just for babies anymore

    Human milk oligosaccharide (HMO) is not just for babies anymore

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    Not only is human milk touted as exceptionally beneficial for babies, but there are also little known components within, called human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs), which aid in surprising ways. These complex carbohydrates—most notably two in particular, fucosyllactose (2’-FL) and lacto-N-neotetraose (LNnT)— present in the breast milk of most nursing mothers, aid in a healthy infant gastrointestinal system by feeding the beneficial bacteria, such as...
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