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How are probiotics different from prebiotics?

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Probiotics are different from prebiotics. Prebiotics are non-digestible ingredients in foods that are used to spur the growth of probiotic bacteria in the body by providing a suitable environment in which the probiotics themselves can flourish. Synbiotics combine prebiotics with probiotics.

From: Probiotics WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “An Introduction to Probiotics.” Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: “Probiotics,” “Lactobacillus,” “Bacillus Coagulans,” “Bifidobacteria,” "Saccharomyces."


The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: “Lactobacillus acidophilus,” “Lactobacillus GG,” “Probiotics.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 18, 2017

SOURCES: Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “An Introduction to Probiotics.” Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: “Probiotics,” “Lactobacillus,” “Bacillus Coagulans,” “Bifidobacteria,” "Saccharomyces."


The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: “Lactobacillus acidophilus,” “Lactobacillus GG,” “Probiotics.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 18, 2017

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