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It’s important to understand the role friendly bacteria plays in our overall health.
Probiotics are live micro-organisms that help maintain the natural balance of organisms (microflora) in the intestines. Probiotics may be used to:
- help with other causes of diarrhea
- help prevent infections in the digestive tract
- help control immune response (inflammation), as in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- probiotics are being studied for benefits in colon cancer, skin infections, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients that stimulate the growth of one or more bacteria in the colon.
Synbiotics (or symbiotics)
Synbiotics are a combination of probiotics and prebiotics.
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