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Probiotics and Prebiotics

Probiotics are live microorganisms (such as bacteria) thought to be beneficial to human health.

Prebiotics are natural  substances (non-digestible carbohydrates) found in some foods and are supposed to encourage the growth of probiotics.

Commonly used probiotics include Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, each of which includes specific types of bacteria.

Probiotics are commonly used to treat gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome, and inflammatory bowel diseases (such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease).

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25 Oct 2017