What are Prebiotics?
Prebiotics are specialized plant fiber that provides nourishment to the good bacteria in the intestine. These are found naturally in fruits and vegetables. These are a special form of dietary fiber that beneficially affects the host by selectively enhancing the growth and activity of one or a limited number of bacteria in the colon, which can improve the host health. Prebiotics are not absorbed or broken down by the body and consequently serve as a great food source for bacteria that are present in the gut.
Benefits of taking prebiotics:
Prebiotics in your diet can have a positive effect on your health:
- Prebiotics promote digestion.
Prebiotics help in your digestion because they feed, nourish, and recolonize the growth of the good gut bacteria in your digestive system. Uncountable good bacteria are present in your digestive system and these minute micro florae safeguard your digestive system to stay healthy. Prebiotics also protect against the growth of harmful bacteria. Prebiotics can help prevent gas, bloating and bad bacteria overgrowth. Prebiotics regulate bowel movements and relieves from constipation.
- Prebiotics enhance the immune system.
Prebiotics act as the substrate for the growth of good bacteria (Bifidobacteria and lactic acid bacteria). They improve gut barrier system and enhance functions of body’s defense cells like white blood cells and killers T-cells and enhance phagocytosis. This helps to improve the gastro intestinal function and modulate immune system
- Prebiotics promote better calcium absorption.
Adding prebiotics to your diet can have a significant influence on the body’s uptake of calcium. Prebiotics act by improving the more flexible paracellular transport system that allows increased calcium absorption. Calcium intake has a significant influence on bone metabolism and bone health. Consuming prebiotics can prevent you from bone loss or osteoporosis.
- Prebiotics help in weight loss
By enhancing your digestion, prebiotics contributes in losing weight. Prebiotics are broken down into specific metabolites which inhibit specific hormones that affect appetite and help you to lose weight. Prebiotics increase the number of calories your body utilizes rather than storing the fat in your hips, thighs, and butt.
- Prebiotics promote natural detoxification.
Prebiotics improves bowel regularity by increasing the number of good gut bacteria. This helps to cleanse the toxins from the body.
- Prebiotics help reduces inflammation.
Prebiotics help to lower inflammation by correcting Leaky Gut and decreasing the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, such as interleukins and TNF- α that are responsible for causing inflammation induced by the microorganisms.
- Prebiotics lowers the risk for heart diseases.
Consuming foods that are high in prebiotics can reduce glycation. Prebiotics balance the body’s electrolyte and mineral levels, including sodium and potassium, which is responsible for controlling blood pressure.
- Prebiotics help relieves stress.
Many researchers suggest that gastro intestinal tract is like a second brain as it’s sensitive to emotion. 80% of Serotonin (Feel good hormone) is expressed in gut good gut that helps you to control stress, anxiety, and depression.
- Prebiotics help prevents cancer.
Bifidobacteria digests inulin (a soluble dietary fiber found in prebiotics) in gut flora and produces short chain fatty acids like acetic acid, propanoic acid, and butyric acid. Within the intestine, these acids can helps prevent certain forms of cancers. Research studies show that Butyric acid suppresses the growth of human colon cancer cells.
Sources of prebiotics:
A common misconception among people is prebiotics and probiotics are same, and this simply isn’t true. Prebiotics are the food for probiotics and other healthy microbes that live in the gut.
Prebiotics occur naturally in our diet. The rich sources of prebiotics include Jerusalem artichokes, dandelion greens, garlic, whole grains, onions, potato skin, avocado, peas, soybeans, berries, apples, mushrooms, asparagus, barley, chicory, and bananas.
An individual should aim to consume at least 5 grams of prebiotic-dense foods each day.
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