-Prebiotics versus Probiotics-

The terms prebiotic and probiotic sound similar, but they are very different in terms of the function each performs in the digestive system.

Probiotics may be the better known of the two terms, as many people today are adding these living organisms to their diet to attain greater digestive health. Prebiotics, on the other hand, may not be as “mainstream” a term, but just as important when it comes to optimal functioning of the digestive system.

A 2016 article published in the journal Nutrients noted that alterations to the microorganisms that live in our intestines (our gut microbiota) constitute one of the most probable factors in the development of certain disorders, such as obesity, systemic inflammation, and oxidative stress, among other metabolic diseases.

Further, the article informs that prebiotics and probiotics can improve the gut microbiota in a way that leads to improvements in some of these disorders. So, what does current research tell us about the contributions of prebiotics and probiotics to a healthy gut? Let’s take a quick look.