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Chapter 13 : Effects of Prebiotic Supplementation on Bone Mineral Metabolism and Weight in Humans
The ability of prebiotics to enhance calcium absorption and bone mineralization has become an important rationale for their use. This chapter reviews the key human studies related to this potential effect and considers the role prebiotics may play in bone health. In addition, it discusses recent evidence that prebiotics may be beneficial in weight management. Finally, it considers potential applications of prebiotics in nutritional planning, especially for children and adolescents.