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Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2012 Sep;15(5):480-4. doi: 10.1097/MCO.0b013e328356b71e.

Nourishing the dysfunctional gut and whey protein.

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ETERNU Multidisciplinary Nutritional Team/Rio de Janeiro - Casa de Saúde São José, Hospital Badim, Hospital Pasteur, Hospital Israelita Albert Sabin, Hospital Cardiotrauma, Casa de Saúde Santa Lúcia, Brazil. vavaabrahao@gmail.com

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW:

This review discusses the mechanisms of the dysfunctional gut during the critical illness and the possibility that an immunonutrient such as whey protein can play a role in better tolerance of enteral nutrition, also decreasing inflammation and increasing anti-inflammatory defenses.

RECENT FINDINGS:

Impaired gastric motor function and associated feed intolerance are common issues in critically ill patients. Some studies have been published with enteral nutrition enriched with whey protein as a dietary protein supplement that provides antimicrobial activity, immune modulation, improving muscle strength and body composition, and preventing cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis.

SUMMARY:

Early enteral feeding will enhance patient recovery and the use of enteral diets enriched with whey protein may play a role in these patients.

PMID:
22878241
DOI:
10.1097/MCO.0b013e328356b71e
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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