Let’s talk about gut health

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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.

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