Shubhra Saraswat, Dr Richa


Prebiotics are first defined in the mid-1990s; they fall in the category of beneficial bacteria which alter the activity and composition of gastrointestinal (GI) micro biota to improve the health of the host. Over a period of time, Prebiotics have generated scientific and consumer interest. Prebiotics include foods, medicines and dietary supplements to benefit the health. In specific, the benefits of the consumption of Prebiotics include enhanced immune function, bowel functioning and improved digestion. It also improves the bioavailability and absorption of minerals and reduces the risk of obesity. The composition and function of various Prebiotics and its interaction among and between gut micro biota and the host has created a strategy for future research to identify the research gaps.


bifidogenic bacteria,gastrointestinal tract,Prebiotic

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