“Probiotics and Functional Foods” Workshop in S & R IAU

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 03:54

A workshop entitled “Probiotics and Functional Foods” lectured by Finnish Professor, Seppo Salminen, has been held in Islamic Azad University, Science and Research branch.

According to ISCA (Iran Student Correspondents Association), Professor Seppo Salminen of Finland University emphasized the importance of supplying probiotics to mothers during pregnancy and lactation and suggested that mothers opt for natural birth so that they can pass on beneficial probiotics to their infants through breast-feeding.

The professor of Turke University in Finland explained that probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for health, especially the digestive system. They are often obtained from fermented products such as milk and vegetables.

He continued that in the process of removing negative side effects on human health, lactic bacteria are mostly sought after. Micro–organisms are transferred in two ways: from placenta to the fetus and also via breastfeeding to the baby.

“The body mass of mothers before pregnancy, whether they are obese or underweight or slim, creates different microbial flora which affect the baby directly. The first source of probiotics is breastfeeding which removes pathogenic bacteria,” he added.

Salminen noted that there many ways for bacteria to be transferred from mother to baby: skin, milk, bacteria in the baby’s mouth and digestive system. Remarkably, C-section births alter the microbial composition of milk, and these changes will remain throughout breastfeeding.”

According to this Finnish professor, certain anti-bacterial and also synthesized compounds in foodstuffs, preservatives, pharmaceutical formulations and antibiotics affect microflora. He concluded that probiotics can help prevent the action of of some viruses in old age.

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