Our Expertise in Nutrition

The Nutricia portfolio of nutritional solutions support people around the world, from the first 1000 days and onwards into old age. Together with partners from around the world, we continue to build upon our unique knowledge of nutrients and their specific roles in the body to develop breakthrough nutritional solutions that help people live longer, more joyful and healthier lives. 

First 1000 Days

Nutrition in the first 1000 days impacts growth and development and lays the foundation for health later in life [3,4].

The importance of nutrition at key moments in life 

There is increasing evidence to suggest that nutrition can impact both short- and long-term health outcomes. Research has shown how the right nutrition at the right time can help ensure clinically relevant benefits.

Some key examples include the following:

  • Evidence shows that nutritional choices made during the first 1000 days (from conception to toddlerhood), can make a significant difference to health later in life1.
  • Pre-, pro- and postbiotics positively impact the gut microbiota composition early in life and onwards, building a strong foundation to support the development of a baby, now and in the future2.
  • Cachexia (loss of lean body mass) is one of the most common causes of death in cancer patients. Undesired weight loss is one of the most common symptoms experienced by cancer patients. In fact, between 30%-80% of patients experience weight loss at some point during their illness, depending on the site of the tumour3. The right nutritional status and appropriate BMI have been shown to improve treatment outcomes. 

  1. Pawankar R, Canonica GW, ST Holgate ST, Lockey RF, Blaiss M. The WAO White Book on Allergy (Update. 2013)
  2. Mazzocchi A, Venter C, Maslin K, Agostoni C. The Role of Nutritional Aspects in Food Allergy: Prevention and Management. Nutrients. 2017;9(8):850. Published 2017 Aug 9. doi:10.3390/nu9080850
  3. Hooper, et al. 2001.
  4. Godfrey, et al. 2007.
  5. Ryan et al. Proc Nutr Soc. 2016;75(2):199-211.
  6. Hanley, et al. Br J Nutr, 2010;104, pp S1S25 doi: 10.1017/S0007114510003338
  7. Salminen S et al. The biotics family in early life. Essential Knowledge Briefing. Wiley, Chichester (2019).
  8. Hebuterne X et al. JPEN, 2014;38:196.