Prebiotics are a type of non-digestible food component that promote the growth and activity of beneficial bacteria in the gut, particularly in the colon.

Prebioticsserve as food for probiotic bacteria and help maintain a healthy balance of gut microbiota.

Prebiotics are usually complex carbohydrates that the human body cannot digest but serve as nourishment for beneficial gut bacteria.

Common prebiotics include:  inulin, fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS), galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS), and resistant starches,that are found naturally in many foods:

Onions, garlic, leeks, and asparagus, bananas, apples, and berries, whole grains like oats and barley and legumes like chickpeas and lentils

Prebiotics promote growth of beneficial bacteria like Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli, improve digestion and bowel regularity.

They may enhance immune function, contribute to better nutrient absorption, and reduce inflammation in the gut.

Probiotics are live beneficial bacteria, and prebiotics are the food that helps these bacteria thrive.

Prebiotics and probiotics in combination are called synbiotics, which can have a synergistic effect on gut health.

Including prebiotic-rich foods can contribute to a healthier gut microbiome, which is increasingly recognized as important for overall health, including digestive health, immune function, and even mental health.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​



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