Probiotics

Probiotics

In-depth analyses of probiotic benefits, properties and challenges aiming to advance probiotic knowledge for the benefit of consumer health

 

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Objectives

Consumers, the scientific community, regulators and the food and dietary supplement industry show increasing interest in probiotics and their health benefits. The attention of the task force is thus focused on the understanding of the role of probiotics in health and disease, their mechanisms of action while increasing awareness of their direct/indirect benefits on health.

Task Force Members

* Scientific Advisors

Contact Information

For more detailed information, please contact Naomi Venlet at nvenlet@ilsieurope.be

Activity Overview

Upcoming activities

- Benefits, challenges, and opportunities with changes in the maternal microbiome

Through a narrative review, experts will develop an inventory of microbiota changes associated with physiological temporal changes in the maternal microbiota before, during and after pregnancy as well as with related clinical observations, and highlight mother and/or infant health benefits and challenges associated with those changes.

Start date: December 2023 | End date: Q4 2024

- Consumer perspective on postbiotics

The Expert Group will identify research areas and health benefits that resonate with consumers through a cross-sectional survey.

Start date: October 2023 | End date: Q4 2024

In the pipeline

- Probiotic clinical design studies

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Expert Groups

Benefits, challenges, and opportunities with changes in the maternal microbiome before and during pregnancy

Background and objectives

During pregnancy, especially during the third trimester, the maternal microbiota is undergoing considerable changes in the gut, the vagina and, as recently shown, the endometrium. Interestingly, the maternal microbiome has now emerged as an important factor for a healthy pregnancy as well as a cause of pregnancy-related health issues e.g. preterm birth. Indeed, emerging research has started to link microbial dysbiosis and specific microbial populations with pregnancy complications. Thus, it is important to understand the context of physiological temporal microbial changes during pregnancy and mechanisms by which these changes can impact health outcomes. Furthermore, the use of probiotics during pregnancy is not a standard practice; however, given the importance of the microbiota for various health outcomes, it is crucial to better understand maternal microbiota changes, natural or induced, before and during pregnancy, their impact on maternal health and underlying mechanisms of action, as well the potential role of probiotics to optimise maternal health outcomes based on these insights. The activity will detail the mechanistic consequences of maternal microbiota changes, and discuss early observations from probiotic clinical studies, to identify opportunities for optimised use ofprobiotics during pregnancy. The experts will identify and review

Output

Narrative review

Expert group members

 

Postbiotics: consumer knowledge, understanding and gap analysis to guide future scientific research

Background and Objectives

Typically, scientific research is not based on
consumer perspective and does not resonate with the general public. This activity aims for an opposite approach: use consumer insights to guide future research. In order to identify research areas and health benefits that resonate with consumers and to address their concerns and gaps in knowledge, this expert group will conduct a cross-sectional survey to guide future scientific research. Improved understanding of the consumer perspective will enable the scientific community to address topics that are of interest to the consumer and highlight where additional efforts are needed most.

Output

  • Cross-sectional survey
  • Consumer information leaflet
  • Peer-reviewed publication

Expert Group Members

 

Publications

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