Prebiotics are a source of food for healthy bacteria in the human gut. Prebiotics are carbohydrates that the human’s body cannot digest, so they are passed to the lower digestive tract, where they act like food to help the healthy bacteria grow.
Prebiotics are known for a conductive environment for the development of bifidobacterial that develop mechanical barrier and prevent E.coli from adhering. They also promote the development of antimicrobial substances.
“Increased Good Gut Bacteria
Prebiotics promote the increase of friendly bacteria in the gut, help with various digestive problems and boost human’s immune system.
Improved Metabolic Health
Prebiotics have been shown to improve metabolic health and help prevent certain diseases.
Reduced Insulin, Triglycerides and Cholesterol
Research shows, that certain prebiotics can reduce insulin, triglycerides and cholesterol levels in people who are obese.
Prebiotics can also help to absorb Calcium, ferment foods faster and keep the cells that line human’s gut healthy.”
Healthline. The 19 Best Prebiotic Foods You Should Eat. Available at: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/19-best-prebiotic-foods.
PubMed.gov. Insight into the prebiotic concept:lessons from an exploratory, double blind intervention study with inulin-type fructans in obese women. Available at: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23135760/.
WebMd. Prebiotics. Available at: https://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/prebiotics-overview.
Wikipedia. Prebiotic. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prebiotic_(nutrition).
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