Prebiotics is the term given to fibre that provides nourishment for the probiotic bacteria in your body. These will help the healthy bacteria in your body become stronger, and avoid any problems caused by harmful bacteria.
Prebiotics act as food for probiotic bacteria, helping healthy bacteria grow. Two of the most common prebiotics are inulin and oligofructose. These carbohydrates are found naturally in plant products, but are also added to some foods.
Prebiotics are found in natural food sources such as chicory root, asparagus, onions and garlic, bananas, barley and other grains. Often prebiotics and probiotics are added to the same products. When used together we call them symbiotics because they work better together than apart.
Be sure to consult with your doctor before taking a probiotic supplement, especially if you have an impaired immune system.
As research behind diet and health has evolved, so has the concept of ‘functional foods’ become popular. The concept has now moved markedly towards digestive health. Probiotics and prebiotics are increasingly being added to food stuffs with claims of health benefits regarding digestive health and immunity.