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