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By Medicover Hospitals / 19 Feb 2021
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What is Prebiotic ?

  • Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients that are frequently added to "functional foods." It is assumed that these ingredients encourage the growth of beneficial gut bacteria, thus increasing gastrointestinal health and offering other health benefits. The value of prebiotics for gut health is increasingly recognized by science, but the jury is still out on whether or not functional foods with prebiotics are important for optimal health.
    1. Benefits of Prebiotic
    2. Prebiotic foods
    3. Prebiotic side effects
    4. Dosage and preparation
    5. Prebiotics and probiotics
    6. Frequently Asked Questions
    7. Citations

    Benefits of Prebiotic:

  • Prebiotics are components of foods that can not be digested and are thought to encourage health through their association with gut bacteria. In functional foods, prebiotics are typically ingredients, or certain traditional or modified foods that offer a value that goes beyond basic nutrition.
  • In the small intestine, prebiotics are not digested because we lack the requisite enzymes to break them down into components where they can be absorbed into our bloodstreams. They are brought into contact with gut bacteria by this lack of breakdown, where they play a role in promoting the growth and activity of select bacteria that are good for our health. Fermentation is responsible for much of this beneficial interaction with gut bacteria.
  • The number of bifidobacteria (a friendly type of bacteria frequently targeted by probiotic supplements) is most likely to increase with prebiotics, but the number of various other host-friendly bacteria also tends to increase.
    • Help with calcium absorption
    • Adjust the rate at which foods cause blood sugar spikes (the glycemic index)
    • Ferment food quicker, so that your digestive system takes less time. That doesn't help you get constipated.
    • Keep the gut-lining cells safe

    Prebiotics for General Health:

  • Continuous research has shown that prebiotics can provide the general population with health benefits. These benefits include improved absorption of calcium, decreased risk of allergies, improved defence of the immune system, and other positive effects on metabolism.
  • Work is underway to clarify the full impact on gut health, metabolism, and some illnesses of these foods. But not all nutrition experts can confirm that specific health outcomes will necessarily be boosted by consuming functional foods or prebiotics.
  • Prebiotics for IBS:

  • For the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, prebiotics may play a role. In order to see whether increasing prebiotic intake will help alleviate IBS symptoms, several studies have been performed. The findings were mixed.
  • In some studies, it seems that higher doses of prebiotics have contributed to worsening symptoms for study participants, not surprising considering what we know about the impact of FODMAPs on IBS symptoms (more fermentation leads to increased gas which results in gassiness, bloating, and abdominal pain)
  • However, in one preliminary study on the efficacy of a prebiotic supplement for IBS, researchers found that prebiotics may provide a therapeutic benefit.
  • Prebiotic foods:

  • Prebiotics can be found in many fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, such as:
    • Apples
    • Artichokes
    • Asparagus
    • Bananas
    • Barley
    • The Berries
    • Chicory
    • Cacao
    • Greens Dandelions
    • Flaxseed
    • Garlic
    • Green vegetables
    • Konjac root
    • Leeks
    • The Legumes (peas and beans)
    • Oats
    • Onions
    • Tomatoes
    • Soybean
    • Wheat
    • Root of Yacon

    Prebiotic Side effects:

  • Most prebiotics and probiotics can be safely consumed by most healthy adults without side effects. In some cases, while your digestive system adjusts, abdominal discomfort, bloating and gas may occur. However, you should talk to your healthcare provider to get a personalized recommendation for including prebiotics in your diet if you have IBS or another gastrointestinal disorder.
  • Dosage and preparation:

  • By setting a target to reach the recommended intake of fiber, most individuals can get prebiotics. The recommended intake of fiber is 25 grams to 38 grams per day for adults. The best way to reach that objective is often to consume whole grains and plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  • A dose of around four to five grams per day is provided by many prebiotic supplements. Start slowly (once a day) if you take a prebiotic supplement until you see how your body reacts to the supplement. If there is gas or bloating, then cut your dose in half.
  • For an increased advantage, many individuals combine prebiotics with probiotics. Because probiotics are short-lived, prebiotics are sometimes added to probiotics to maintain their levels in the intestine, according to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. This pro-and prebiotic combination is referred to as "synbiotic therapy" or "synbiotics."
  • Prebiotics and probiotics:

  • Probiotics are bacteria that reside naturally in your body and help food break down in your intestines. To supplement safe digestion, probiotics that are the same or somewhat close to the ones that your body makes can be taken. As a complement to a probiotic diet, a new class of supplements called prebiotics has been marketed in recent years.
  • Prebiotics consists of carbohydrates that can't be digested by your body. As food for the probiotic bacteria that you bring into your body, they live. Microbiome therapy is called the use of prebiotics and probiotics together. For probiotics, you don't need to take a prebiotic to function, but taking them might make your probiotics more successful.
  • Health benefits of prebiotics and probiotics:

  • Research showed that about 4 million adults use probiotics for health purposes. There is still further research needed to definitively determine the advantages of supplementing gut bacteria. Analysis, however, shows that probiotics give major health advantages.
  • Some evidence shows that prebiotics and probiotics capsules are successful in treating diarrhea, allergic disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, and even common colds. Prebiotics and probiotics have been proposed as obesity remedies. They are being investigated as a way to keep cancer from spreading. Probiotics have been shown by promising studies to be an effective treatment for inflammatory arthritis.
  • Frequently Asked Questions:

    The good bacteria are probiotics, while the good bacteria promoters are prebiotics. They work in synergy with each other, so to keep your gastrointestinal tract healthy, your gut needs both of them.
    Microbiome therapy is called the use of prebiotics and probiotics together. For probiotics, you don't need to take a prebiotic to function, but taking them might make your probiotics more successful.
    Prebiotics consists of carbohydrates that can't be digested by your body. As food for the probiotic bacteria that you bring into your body, they live. Microbiome therapy is called the use of prebiotics and probiotics together. For probiotics, you don't need to take a prebiotic to function, but taking them might make your probiotics more successful.
    Some prebiotic foods are -
    • Apples
    • Artichokes
    • Asparagus
    • Bananas
    • Barley
    • Berries
    • Chicory
    • Cacao
    • Greens Dandelions
    • Flaxseed
    • Garlic
    • Green vegetables
    The threat of weight gain and obesity may be increased by certain probiotic strains. Not all studies have found that weight loss is aided by probiotics. Some studies have shown that certain probiotic strains, not weight loss, may contribute to weight gain.
    Fibers and natural sugars that activate the good bacteria in the intestines are prebiotics. For vegans and individuals on other diets, several prebiotic foods are acceptable to consume. Almonds, chicory, garlic, and chickpeas are among these foods. In the gut, prebiotics allows beneficial bacteria to grow.
    Some manufacturers recommend that the supplement be taken on an empty stomach, while others recommend that it be taken with food. While bacterial viability in humans is difficult to calculate, some research indicates that microorganisms of Saccharomyces boulardii live in equal numbers with or without a meal.

    Citations:

  • Prebiotic effects, https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/british-journal-of-nutrition/article/prebiotic-effects-metabolic-and-health-benefits/F644C98393E2B3EB64A562854115D368
  • Prebiotic, https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/73/2/415s/4737572?login=true