How Beneficial Probiotics and Prebiotics Are to Your Body?
Probiotics are good bacteria in the food such as bifidobacterial and lactic acid bacteria. When ingested, these bacteria can withstand pH in stomach and small intestines and help digest food and create beneficial food sources along with various vitamins. There are also many other benefits such as reduce some type of carcinogens, reduce cholesterol level in the bloodstream, reduce constipation, anorexia, immune deficiency, high cholesterol, etc. These bacteria can be found in yoghurt, kefir and fermented vegetables. After the probiotics pass through colon, they will increase the amount of bacteria there. The bacteria that can survive within the colon can increase both in size and quantity depending on each person’s factors such as age, special supplementary, health, medication and what had been added. The bacteria can grow because they can adhere to intestine walls and use food that had been already digested.
Prebiotics are food source that our body cannot digest once passed thought colons. It will become bacteria’s food to enhance their growth. Therefore, prebiotics are beneficial for the bacteria in the colon because it will become the bacteria’s food. This groups consists of inulin, oligofructose especially the Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) that made up of fructose sugar’s molecules’ connection into long string. FOS can be found naturally in onions, leeks, some types of grains and honey. Many consumers eat yoghurt to get probiotics or eat food that contains probiotics and eat slim food that contains prebiotics. So, in the future, we may get to consume food that contains probiotics which consists of prebiotics at the same time.