Let’s talk about gut health
The concept of supplemental probiotics is promising for human health and preventive healthcare, and thus has led to the emergence of commercial opportunities. This has put consumption of supplemental probiotics under considerable research as manufacturers and marketers require their health claims to be confirmed with sufficient scientific evidence. Here we attempt to understand in simple terms the pros and cons that research has proposed about probiotics. We will also learn a thing or two about the relatively new categories of prebiotics and synbiotics.
The health effects attributed to the use of probiotics are numerous. Probiotics may play a role in gut health by inhibiting the growth of pathogenic (disease-causing) bacteria, assisting in the digestion and absorption of nutrients, contributing to short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) production, and maintaining a healthy immune system.