The role of the gut microbiome in human health is a hot topic in research. Yet prebiotics are not new, research around them has been taking place for years (1980s) and the development of the prebiotic concept has evolved through the years. Today, Prebiotics are coming to the attention of researchers worldwide for their ability to selectively shift the composition and metabolic activity of the gut microbiota. This selective shift, called the prebiotic effect has been shown to influence several microbiota-mediated pathways that influence systemic inflammation, gut-barrier function, the gut-muscle axis, gut-brain axis among others.
This influence could lead to the use of gut microbiota modulation therapies to treat ailments like overweight, obesity, osteoarthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, allergies, etc. The key piece for health care professionals is that these gut modulation therapies start with our daily food, not only probiotics but bringing prebiotics into the picture.
This will be one webinar with three main topics: a first view on the gut ecosystem and how its modulated and what is the emerging science on prebiotics and the microbiome. The second section will focus on the scientific evidence of prebiotics (inulin and oligofructose) and their ability to encourage proliferation of beneficial bacterial already present in our gut and thus conferring health benefits like digestive health and wellbeing, gut barrier function, immune function and improved calcium absorption. The last part will focus on practical advice on how to recognize prebiotics in daily food and recommend clinically relevant dosages based on existing science.
CPE Level: 3
Performance Indicators/Learning Objectives
- Explain how the gut microbiome influences health.
- Define a prebiotic and discuss the growing body of evidence that demonstrates the role of prebiotics in influencing the gut microbiome.
- Give an overview of the science that demonstrates prebiotics -like chicory root fibers-support gut health, regularity, gut barrier function, immunity, calcium absorption, healthy ageing, diabetes and much more.
- Be able to better communicate to clients and customers the benefits of daily food products and supplements that provide prebiotics at relevant dosages.
Randal Buddington, Ph.D.
Digestive, Developmental, and Nutritional Physiology
University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center