The Health Impact of Active Cultures: Probiotics
There is a long history of probiotics being used around the world for health promotion and for preventive and therapeutic purposes. During the past decade a quickly growing body of evidence suggests that certain probiotics can be used in the diet to prevent illness and/or to improve certain body functions. Several studies demonstrate that these bacteria have beneficial effects on mucosal barrier dysfunctions, immune function and enhancing colonization resistance capacity of the commensal flora. Even though the majority of published data involve the use of probiotics to prevent and treat gastrointestinal infections, the potential functions of these microorganisms may extend far beyond what was originally conceptualized, including demonstrated impact on development of allergy and in helping to manage irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Upon completion of this course, attendees will have acquired critical background information and practical knowledge on the state of the science of probiotics and an understanding of clinical applications for current preventive practices, treatments and health promoting approaches for patients of all ages.
Below are links to each of the presentations given which was held as a live satellite Symposium in Washington, DC on September 29, 2006. Each
of the links will open the presentation in a new window.
Program made possible by an unrestricted educational grant provided by The Dannon Company, Inc. and Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd.