Probiotics and Prebiotics

Authors

  • Pradip Kumar Dutta Professor of Nephrology, Chittagong Medical College, Chittagong, Bangladesh
  • Arup Dutta Assistant Professor of Paediatrics, Cox's Bazar Medical College, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh
  • Md Nazrul Islam Associate Professor of Nephrology, Dhaka Medical College, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Pranab Kumar Chowdhury Assistant Professor of Paediatrics, Chittagong Medical College, Chittagong, Bangladesh
  • Sankar Kumar Ghose Assistant Professor of Paediatrics, Chittagong Medical College, Chittagong, Bangladesh

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/jcmcta.v23i2.56843

Keywords:

Probiotics; prebiotics; microbiota

Abstract

Thousands of species of bacteria colonize gut. The number of microbes is ten times that of total human body cells. The intestinal microbiota is not always harmful, sometimes it is beneficial for human health. If the growth and activity of the intestinal microbiota is perturbed, it may lead to various diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome, autoimmune diseases, infections, colon cancers, gastric ulcers, cardiovascular disease and obesity. Restoration of the gut microbiota may be done by the use of probiotics (beneficial bacteria). Prebiotics, on the other hand, are the food substrate for probiotics. This review article describes uses and harms of probiotics and prebiotics in the body and their rationale for using in diet.

JCMCTA 2012 ; 23 (2): 62-68

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Published

2013-03-31

How to Cite

Dutta, P. K. ., Dutta , A. ., Islam , M. N. ., Chowdhury , P. K. ., & Ghose , S. K. . (2013). Probiotics and Prebiotics. Journal of Chittagong Medical College Teachers’ Association, 23(2), 62–68. https://doi.org/10.3329/jcmcta.v23i2.56843

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Review