Prebiotics

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The term "prebiotic" means a substance that encourages existing microflora to increase its population. Prebiotics differ somewhat from probiotics, in that a prebiotic substance may consist of an enzyme, component, or chemical extracted from a particular strain of bacteria, or from a fermentation reaction involving bacteria. When prebiotics are found to be effective, the purpose they serve is that of a catalyst to promote the growth of the host's indigenous colonies of helpful bacteria. A simple way to remember this is that a prebiotic prepares the way for a probiotic. Prebiotics do not act in isolation, they do not introduce...

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