Prebiotics, probiotics, and synbiotics (Sponsored by Iams)
Prebiotics and probiotics promote beneficial intestinal bacteria numbers and improve gastrointestinal and overall health.
Dec 01, 2009
IAMS NUTRITION INSIDER
It is widely accepted that the intestinal bacterial ecosystem plays a crucial role in gastrointestinal (GI) health and is considered by some to represent an organ.1 The metabolic processes of the various bacteria and the interactions with dietary inputs impact GI tract health and have systemic influences. The natural bacterial population found in the canine and feline gut can be categorized into beneficial and potentially pathogenic groups. Beneficial bacteria can
The lactate-producing genera, such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, are commonly recognized for their health-promoting properties.
Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) have been the most studied prebiotics. FOS occur naturally in several plants (e.g. wheat, bananas, barley, garlic) and are synthesized commercially. Dietary supplementation with FOS positively influences gut health by increasing the concentration of beneficial bacterial populations (bifidobacteria, lactobacilli) and decreasing concentrations of potential pathogens (Clostridium perfringens).
Increases in the beneficial lactate-producing populations of bifidobacteria and lactobacilli are associated with these health benefits3 :