Numerous studies have shown that the consumption of probiotics and prebiotics It has beneficial effects on the organism. More than 200 researchers meet in Madrid to participate in the II Workshop Probiotics, Prebiotics and Health: Scientific Evidence, which aims to analyze the main discoveries that have been made in this area. Among the objectives of the meeting is to start the process that allows the creation of the Spanish Society of Probiotics and Prebiotics.

One of the coordinators of the Workshop, Dr. Francisco Guarner, Hospital Valle de Hebrón, Barcelona, ​​explains that there are a large number of pathologies related to disorders of the intestinal ecosystem, such as chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome or irritable bowel syndrome, dyspepsia, or abdominal distension, infections caused by Helicobacter pylori, or the high incidence of colorectal cancer, and that the use of probiotics and prebiotics in their prevention and treatment is a new way of approaching these pathologies that can offer good results.

During the meeting, the possibility of using these substances in fields other than digestive pathologies, such as gynecology, or in the treatment of liver cirrhosis, a disease in which probiotics could be used to prevent it from being used, will also be discussed. produce a picture of peritonitis, which is a serious complication of cirrhosis.

The experts gathered at the meeting will analyze the studies that have been done so far to detect what are the mechanisms of action with which prebiotics and probiotics achieve beneficial effects on health, to develop protocols that aim to further enhance the effectiveness of these substances. Among the investigations that will be presented, one that aims to explain how babies that feed on breast milk are protected against certain infections or allergies, for which the complete genome of the Lactobacillus salivarius, a probiotic strain that has been isolated in breast milk and feces of an infant.

The researchers are also working to evaluate the immunomodulatory properties of prebiotics and probiotics, since they could represent an alternative therapy in the management of autoimmune diseases.

The Human Microbiome: Emerging Themes at the Horizon of the 21st Century (Day 3) (November 2019).