IN THIS ISSUE VOL 22 (6.1) 2018
WHAT ARE PREBIOTICS AND PROBIOTICS?
Edward A. Layne, M.D., Editor
What are Prebiotics?
Prebiotics are natural foods that support the normal bacteria or “good bacteria” that live in your gut (gastrointestinal tract). Prebiotics serve as food for the normal bacteria that live in your gut. Some of these Prebiotic foods are bananas, grains, green vegetables, onions, garlic, soybeans, and artichokes. As a rule, natural foods that are high in fiber, can act as Prebiotics for your normal bacteria.
What are Probiotics?
Probiotics refer to the “good bacteria” that lives in your gut or gastrointestinal tract. Probiotics may come in natural foods such as yogurt and sauerkraut, as prescription supplements such as “Align™”, or as over-the-counter supplements such as “Intestiflora™”. These “probiotics” natural foods and supplements contain samples of the normal bacteria that lives in the gut.
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