- Bacteria – Friend or Foe?
- What is Gut Flora (Gut Microbiota)?
- What damages the Gut Flora Balance?
- Importance of Gut Flora Balance –
- All Diseases Begin in the Gut
- Probiotics – What is it?
- Benefits of Probiotic (Bacteria)
- Prebiotics – What is it?
- Probiotic vs. Prebiotic – Which one to choose?
Probiotic vs. Prebiotic – Which one to choose?
Both prebiotics and probiotics have been proven to be very effective at helping to keep the intestinal tract functioning properly. Which one of the two is better?
The fact is, most people already have all the probiotics they need in their systems. It is by nurturing them with the right prebiotics can they really see huge improvements in their digestive system. Between the two, prebiotics have proven to be more effective.
XProbiotics do not always work, simply because the body may reject them as being unhealthy bacteria. After all, these are external sources of bacteria.
XProbiotics are effective only if they are designed to withstand the extreme acidity of the stomach.
XOnce the friendly bacteria reach the small and large intestines, they need dietary fibre to stay alive. Therefore, you need to eat dietary fibre to provide food for the bacteria. Otherwise, they are not going to survive there. Antibiotics can wipe out good bacteria as well, leaving a void where disease-causing bacteria can grow.
XProbiotic products aim to deliver extra intestinal flora to the gut to aid with digestion, which may engender temporary colonies of bacteria that assist the body’s natural flora. However, if the conditions which lead to the depletion of the intestinal flora persist, their benefits will be short-lived.
With prebiotics, you can always be certain that your body will pass them along until they have reached the friendly bacteria and help them to grow. While probiotics are generally mass and cheaper, good quality prebiotics are generally niche and more expensive, since it is made from food sources, and especially more so if it uses organic ingredients.
|Characteristic||√Similar to the oligosaccharide found in breast milk.||XFrom external sources|
|Function||√Act as food for the good bacteria. It cannot be digested; therefore it can reach the intestinal tract to be fermented by the good bacteria to promote its reproduction, hence intestinal flora balance.||XLive microorganisms introduced into the body to help reinforce the number of bacteria in order to influence the microflora balance.|
|Immune reaction||√Will not cause immune reaction.||XImmune system may react and reject.|
|How active?||√Can survive the acidity of the stomach and reach the colon in its undigested form.||XOnly live probiotic is effective. Provided they survive the gastric acid, or they will eventually be destroyed.|
Prebiotic vs Probtioic – Why feed and grow your own bacteria is better?video in Chinese with English subtitles.