Denoting a substance which stimulates the growth of microorganisms, especially those with beneficial properties (such as those of the intestinal flora).
- Not to be confused with probiotics, prebiotics are those substances that stimulate growth of probiotic organisms.
- The differences were reduced when adjusted for age, but the authors conclude that probiotic milk could provide a useful public health intervention.
- The process also ensures the protein, okara, isoflavones, phytosterols, probiotic sugars and oil remain in their naturally occurring forms.
1A probiotic substance or preparation.
- For example, say some researchers, purified probiotic DNA or irradiated probiotics may be safer than viable preparations, and could be used by people with compromised immune systems.
- To combat the problems of gastrointestinal infection, a probiotic must be non-pathogenic and must act against pathogens by different mechanisms from antibiotics for example, by competition.
- The exact mechanisms by which probiotics prevent atopy are also under debate.
1.1A microorganism introduced into the body for its beneficial qualities.
- The popular media have learned about probiotics and beneficial bacteria and are reporting about it more often, to savvy consumers with instant access to information at the click of a mouse button.
- A prebiotic functions by selectively stimulating the growth of probiotics and other beneficial bacteria in the GI tract.
- They feed the beneficial bacteria and modify the composition of intestinal microflora so probiotics can predominate.
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