NUTRITION – Probiotics & Prebiotics

I thought I would follow on from the last post on Gut Health and explain more about Probiotics and Prebiotics. As we said, Probiotics and Prebiotics help form a healthy gut with a positive microbiota balance. But what are they? 

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What Are They?

Probiotics are the actual live microorganisms themselves, which lead to this positive health benefit. Prebiotics on the other hand, are a type of fibre or oligosaccharide which are used as a substrate by the probiotics to lead to this positive health benefit. They are “eaten” by the microorganisms and release a series of compounds after digestion which are good for your health. 

Where Are They Found?

Probiotics are in fermented foods and drinks such as kombucha, yogurt and kefir. Some prebiotics are found naturally in foods including wheat, chicory, bananas, onion, leek, artichoke, asparagus & garlic. However, most commonly you will find prebiotics supplemented into foods and drinks. Both probiotics and prebiotics can also be found in capsule or powder form at any health store. 

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Why Are They Good?

As we said in the last post these not only help maintain a healthy gut, but also lead to positive health in other parts of the body including bones and the brain!

Summary

Article Links

Here are some articles which I found very useful when doing my research on Probiotics and Prebiotics

Guidelines For The Evaluation of Probiotics in Food – FAO and WHO

The International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics consensus statement on the scope and appropriate use of the term probiotic

The Role of Functional Foods, Nutraceuticals, and Food Supplements in Intestinal Health

Expert consensus document: The International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP) consensus statement on the definition and scope of prebiotics

Distant Site Effects of Ingested Prebiotics

Prebiotics in Chronic Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

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My name is Sarah and I am a BSc Nutrition & Food Consumer Science graduate, who also is a massive Foodie! I am here to share Recipes for Health. This involves a collection of food recipes, nutrition advice and mental wellbeing tips, allowing you to reach your best possible health. Health is not just physical; optimal mental health is also crucial for a successful life. This is why I not only share recipes and nutrition knowledge, but I also share ways on how to take care of your mental health. You will find as well my own personal foodie reviews and travel experiences which will give you ideas of foods to try and places to visit!

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