Virtual Conference

Track: Probiotic and Prebiotic Nutrition

Probiotic and Prebiotic Nutrition


Probiotics are live microorganisms (specifically bacteria and yeast) that have health benefits when consumed in the proper amounts. Probiotics are available as dietary supplements, but some are also found in fermented foods. In this area of nutrition, studies are being conducted to determine which probiotic strains are prevalent in various foods and which ones provide health benefits. Probiotics are "good" bacteria — or live cultures — that are similar to those found naturally in your stomach. By changing or repopulating intestinal bacteria, these active cultures help to regulate gut flora. This functional component has the potential to boost immunity as well as overall health, especially gut health.

A prebiotic is a food that has been purposefully fermented to cause specific changes in the gastrointestinal microbiota, both in composition and activity, in order to improve the host's well-being and health. Prebiotics are a class of carbohydrates that are poorly digested, such as specific fibres and resistant starches, but the most well-known prebiotics are non-digestible oligosaccharides. Prebiotics may have a number of health benefits in the digestive tract. However, the majority of the health benefits of prebiotics are indirect, i.e., they are mediated by intestinal bacteria, and thus are less well-proven. Incorporating health-promoting functional foods into your diet, such as those containing both prebiotics and probiotics, will assist you in becoming healthier.
·        Intestinal Health,
·        Supplements,
·        Synbiotics,
·        Gastrointestinal Microflora