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Probiotics And Prebiotics: What's The Difference?

Dr. Atul Kundalia 88% (10 ratings)
BHMS, MD - Medicine
Homeopath, Ghaziabad  •  12 years experience
Probiotics And Prebiotics: What's The Difference?

Most of us have probably heard of probiotics and prebiotics in recent days, but do you happen to know what they are exactly and how they can be beneficial to your health? If you have some knowledge about nutrition, you will understand the prominence of prebiotics and probiotics, which aids in health improvement.

Prebiotics are non-digestible food components which are natural and acts as an excellent support for the natural growth of useful bacteria in the human body. They are termed as good bacteria promoters. Consumption of the prebiotic food will enhance calcium level in the body, and they are also responsible for gastrointestinal health improvement. There is no necessity to consume separate pills for prebiotic development; they are available in certain food items like onions, garlic, bananas, soybeans, whole-wheat foods, asparagus, artichokes and much more.

Probiotics are nothing but good bacteria which are naturally available in the body and are responsible for repopulation of intestinal bacteria. Probiotics are also responsible for management of bowel syndrome symptoms. Other than these, probiotics will help in the prevention of allergic symptoms, reduction of lactose intolerance etc. Probiotics are available in non-dairy food products like miso, cultured non-dairy yogurts, kimchi etc.


Advantages of Prebiotics and Probiotics

Prebiotics:

  • Reduces the symptoms of asthma.
  • Prevents eczema in children.
  • Controls the development of colorectal cancer.
  • Improves immune system
  • Normalizes the bowel function.

Probiotics:

  • Improves immune system.
  • Helps in the digestion process.
  • Helps in nutrient absorption.
  • Helps in detoxification.
  • Improves health.

Other than the above-listed benefits, prebiotics and probiotics offer multiple benefits. Probiotics present in the body will work round the clock balancing both good and bad bacteria within the GI tract and prevents numerous problems like the poor elimination of waste, poor digestion, stress, oral contraceptives, etc. Overall, both prebiotics and probiotics are highly essential for humans to improve their health.

There are many probiotic and prebiotic supplements available in the market, but it is advisable for consumption of probiotics and prebiotics in a natural way by adding probiotic and prebiotic enriched food items to your daily diet. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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