The human intestinal tract is colonized by several thousand species of bacteria. These species represent both beneficial bacteria as well as harmful ones. Beneficial bacteria are referred to as probiotics. Research over the years and more recent findings have shown the beneficial effects of probiotics in the prevention, treatment, and management of several human diseases including gastrointestinal disorders, atopic dermatitis, vaginitis, and oral health. Other diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and osteoporosis are also the topic of recent clinical studies. Clinical studies have also been conducted to study the role of probiotics in improving athletic performance. The focus of research is to identify the specific species of probiotics, their interactions, and mechanisms of action in providing health benefits. Recognition of the health benefits of probiotics has led to the marketing of several supplements and functional foods. Government agencies are actively developing regulatory guidelines for the safety and efficacy of such products. The emphasis of published clinical studies has depended on the quality of study design including use of randomized, double-blind, placebo-control models; strain(s) of probiotics used either singly or in combination; concentrations of the probiotics; length of treatment periods; endpoint measurements; and interpretation of the results. The aim of this webinar is to explore the validity of recommendations to practicing clinical health professionals in the use of probiotic formulations for the treatment of major human health disorders and to improve overall quality of life.
October 13, 2020, 1:00-2:00 pm EST
The learning objectives of the presentation are as follows:
- Provide an understanding of the importance of intestinal microflora in the causation, prevention, treatment, and management of human health disorders
- Understanding the concept of probiotics
- Explore the role of probiotics in human health
- Delineate mechanisms of action of probiotics by which probiotics provide their health benefits
- Develop an understanding of the stability, purity, and specific characteristics of probiotic cultures used in the treatment of specific health disorders
- Expand on the importance of the treatment protocol including dosage (CFU), frequency, and the treatment period to achieve desired outcomes
- Understand the use of mixed cultures.
Biography of Speaker:
Dr Venket A Rao, MSc, PhD obtained his MSc and PhD in Food Science from Oregon State University. Dr Rao is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. He served as the Director of the Program in Food Safety. He is a member of the Canadian Federation of Biological Sciences, the Society of Toxicology of Canada, and the Bififdious Foundation of Japan. Dr Rao’s research has established a major focus in the area of diet and cancer with particular emphasis on the role of phytochemicals in human nutrition and health. More recently, he has been investigating the role of lycopene, lutein, saponins, and polyphenols in the causation and prevention of chronic diseases.
Free Webinar with CE credits
Credit: 1.0 General
* These webinars are intended for licensed or registered health professionals and students of health profession only.