What makes HMOs unique?

Posted: Jan 01,2015

  • HMOs are unique bioactive oligosaccharides, produced by the mammary glands and naturally present in human breast milk, being the third most abundant solid component after lactose and lipids.
  • Levels and composition of HMOs are unique to human milk.
  • Over 150 types of HMOs have been identified, of which 2'FL and LNnT are amongst the most common.
  • Beneficial effects of HMOs are highly structure specific, and it is unlikely that other oligosaccharides, such as those derived from plants, can mimic these effects.

What makes HMOs unique? (infographics)