The Spanish Society of Probiotics and Prebiotics (SEPyP) recently held a meeting in which specialists in the field have presented the findings of various research on the beneficial effects for health of these products. In particular, they highlighted the benefits of administering certain strains of probiotics to premature babies, because it prevents the appearance of Necrotising enterocolitis (NEC), a severe gastrointestinal pathology that affects neonates, especially if the baby is less than 34 weeks of gestation and underweight.

One of the experts who participated in the meeting has been Rafael Tojo, professor and director of the Research Unit in Nutrition and Human Development of Galicia (University of Santiago-University Clinical Hospital of Santiago de Compostela), which has explained that the efficacy of probiotics has also been proven to treat acute infectious diarrhea in children, since the use of these products has contributed to reduce the duration of the disease, and has favored the eradication of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori.

Some strains of probiotics can prevent the occurrence of necrotizing enterocolitis, a severe gastrointestinal disorder that affects neonates

On the other hand, the director of the Nutrition and Metabolism Research Group of the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium), Nathalie Delzenne, has indicated that the intake of prebiotics, by modifying the intestinal flora, improves endocrine function and sensitivity to insulin and the leptin, in addition to increasing the level of hormones responsible for regulating appetite and energy balance, so they can help in the treatment of obesity and other disorders of metabolism.

The meeting also dealt with the increasingly widespread use of probiotics and prebiotics as substitutes for antibiotics in the prevention and treatment of some diseases, such as mastitis, in animals.

Source: Spanish Society of Probiotics and Prebiotics (SEPyP)

Modulating the Gut Microbiome – the Role of Probiotics and Prebiotics (November 2019).