Probiotics are live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit to the host beyond inherent basic nutrition.
Synergistic combinations of pro- and prebiotics are called synbiotics (de Vrese and Schrezenmeir, 2008).
The term is especially reserved for products in which the prebiotic compound(s) selectively favours the probiotic organism(s).
A prebiotic is "a selectively fermented ingredient that allows specific changes, both in the composition and/or activity in the gastrointestinal microflora that confers benefits upon host well-being and health" (de Vrese and Schrezenmeir, 2008).
Benefits of Probiotics
- Supports immune health 1
- Balances out the adverse effects of antibiotics, restores the balance of gut bacteria after antibiotic use 2
- Maintains healthy complexion 3
- Enhances ability to digest food 4
- Increases nutrient absorption from food 5
- Encourages normal digestive health, including promoting normal bowel movements 6
- Plays a role in Vitamin B production 7
- Heightens ability to absorb calcium 8
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- Syngai, Gareth Gordon, et al. “Probiotics – the Versatile Functional Food Ingredients.” Journal of Food Science and Technology (2016): 921–933.
- Krajmalnik-Brown, Rosa, Zehra-Esra Ilhan, Dae-Wook Kang, and John K. Dibaise. “Effects of Gut Microbes on Nutrient Absorption and Energy Regulation.” Nutrition in Clinical Practice 27.2 (2012): 201-14.
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- LeBlanc JG, Laiño JE, del Valle MJ, et al. B-group vitamin production by lactic acid bacteria–current knowledge and potential applications. J Appl Microbiol. 2011;111(6):1297‐1309.
- Parvaneh, K., Jamaluddin, R., Karimi, G., & Erfani, R. Effect of probiotics supplementation on bone mineral content and bone mass density. TheScientificWorldJournal (2014); 2014:595962.