Prebiotics vs Probiotics
-What’s the difference between prebiotics and probiotics
-Learn about probiotic and prebiotic foods & supplements (capsules)
-Find out about synbiotics : probiotics with prebiotics
What’s the difference between prebiotics and probiotics
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria and yeasts, believed to have health benefits when taken in sufficient quantities.
Prebiotics are the foods (and supplements) that act as fertilisers for the probiotics.
Prebiotics feed the beneficial bacteria & yeasts (like lactobacillus, bifidobacterium), helping them to multiply.
In summary : what is a prebiotic vs probiotic?
– Probiotics = helpful bacteria
– Prebiotics = foods that help our helpful bacteria to grow
Learn about probiotic and prebiotic foods & supplements (capsules)
Are the indigestible fibres in some foods, that our gut can’t digest by itself.
We rely on our gut bacteria to break these foods down & in the process, create chemicals & vitamins vital to our health & immunity.
There are many different types of prebiotic foods & prebiotics supplements.
It’s easy to eat a wide range of prebiotics in your diet with our prebiotic recipes.
You can take probiotic supplements or eat fermented foods containing probiotics, to boost the beneficial bacteria in your microbiome
Our probiotic recipes, probiotic yogurts and probiotic drinks like kefir are easy ways to boost your intake of beneficial bacteria.
Synbiotics : probiotics with prebiotics
Synbiotics contain both probiotics & prebiotics.
The prebiotics are food which can help the probiotics multiply in the gut.
Synbiotic supplements or foods, have suitable prebiotics added to the chosen probiotic strains, increasing the chance that the beneficial bacteria you consume will multiply & colonise the gut in greater numbers.
Symbiotics is also used to describe the mix of prebiotics & probiotics.
Symbiotic is a related term, meaning mutually beneficial relationships between groups.
Research on Synbiotics is at an early stage.
Synbiotics are being tested for candida , sepsis and other diseases.
Synbiotics are also known as optibiotics.
Synbiotic Foods & Recipes
You can eat probiotic foods with prebiotic foods to help give the beneficial bacteria the food they need to thrive in your gut.
For example, probiotic yogurt combined with prebiotic fruit (eg. an apple) will give the beneficial bacteria in the probiotic yogurt some pectin (a prebiotic fibre in apples) to feed on.
Our probiotic & prebiotic recipes will give you lots of delicious ways to boost the helpful bacteria in your gut
The Science Bit
The information I share on this site distills the research I’ve read on the microbiome, prebiotics & probiotics.
You’ll find links to the relevant research studies on each page.
I’m not a scientist / dietician / nutritionist. I’m a food lover & home cook, putting microbiome research findings into action in my kitchen.
Find out more about the scientists leading research into the microbiome on the FAQs page
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