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Know the Difference Between Probiotics and Prebiotics !!!

Posted by Rifki Hakim Friday, 9 November 2012

In general, probiotics and prebiotics are equally tasked to support a healthy digestive system in the body. But actually there is a big difference between these two bacteria.

According to Dr Philip Abraham, a gastroenterologist from Hinduja National Hospital, Our digestive system is host to millions of bacteria. In addition, many bacteria have an important role in solving the food that we eat. [Health Me Up (08/11)]

Probiotics and prebiotics are also interconnected in the digestive system. But there are fundamental things that make them different.

Probiotics are defined as microbial supplements which beneficial and can maintain a healthy digestive system. On the other hand, prebiotics are food ingredients which are mostly located in the small intestine and the duty to stimulate the growth of probiotic organisms activity.

Meanwhile, the prebiotic fiber itself is not affected by heat, cold, acid or time. Contrast to probiotics which can be killed by heat, acid, and timeless. If prebiotic composed of a variety of thousands of species both in the large intestine, probiotics have only one or a few species of bacteria that enter the colon when food is digested.

Prebiotic Fiber is a compound that is created naturally and is found in thousands of species of plants (although most of these are very small). But probiotics existing naturally  from fermented foods that we consumed, such as yogurt.

Prebiotics create an environment in the colon that fight bad bacteria. Then probiotics act as a 'army' that surround the bad bacteria.

Essentially, probiotics are beneficial organisms. Meanwhile, a prebiotic that will provide a place that allows probiotics to grow and active. When both are combined, the combination is called by the name of symbiotic therapy.


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