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Title: An investigation into the effect of the prebiotic B-GOS on the gut microbial profile of high performance athletes
Author: Drever-Heaps, Jennifer Amanda
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2013
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Project: "A double-blind, placebo controlled, randomised, study to determine the potential of the prebiotic galacto-oligosaccharide (B-GOS) to beneficially influence the faecal microbial profile of a cohort of high performance athletes, to potentially reduce the risk of travellers' diarrhoea (TD) ." Hence referred to as The Project. Objectives: To assess the influence of B-GOS, which is a prebiotic designed to specifically provide a food source for positive bacteria (e.g. bifidobacteria) present in the human gut, on the faecal bacteriology of athletes. It is hypothesised that fortification of the indigenous micro biota may reduce the activity of pathogens, potentially reducing risk of TD. To analyse blood and saliva samples to determine if the prebiotic has any effect on certain markers of the immune system. Methodology: The objectives were aided by a parallel intervention study on a cohort of athletic volunteers and in vitro batch culture systems Overview: It is well documented that athletes are susceptible to gastrointestinal disorders, the combination of this and international travel, with increased exposure to pathogens, could lead to a detrimental effect on the athlete's performance. Athletes are exposed to not only changes in food and living quarters, but also the environment in which they train. Increased stress levels combining with the lowered immune system due to high endurance training could make athletes at a higher risk of contracting traveller's diarrhoea.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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