Microbiota functional foods
In recent years, the study of the human intestinal microbiota has helped to understand how the microorganisms that inhabit our body can affect our state of health. Currently, there are several methods to help stimulate our intestinal microbiota. Surely you’ve heard of “probiotics” and “prebiotics,” but do you know the difference between them?
In this article, we will define what these terms mean. In addition, we will present “postbiotics” and “synbiotics”, a new and powerful alternative to improve our intestinal health.
Probiotics are live microorganisms that directly induce a beneficial effect on the organisms: restoring the normal microbiota equilibrium, improving immune health, relieving constipation…
Prebiotics are compounds, typically non-digestable fibres, that help induce the growth or activity of beneficial microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi.
Postbiotics are non-viable microorganisms (or their cell lysates) that can also offer physiological benefits to the host thanks to their metabolic products.
Synbiotics is the combination of prebiotics, probiotics and/or postbiotics that enhances the effect of the products thanks to synergism.