What are the differences between prebiotics and probiotics?

What are the differences between prebiotics and probiotics?

Are you sure they told you probiotics? Or was it prebiotics?... They're definitely not the same.

Probiotics are microorganisms that, when properly administered and in the right amount, can have amazing health benefits. 

In contrast, prebiotics is not living organisms but a type of indigestible fiber that has beneficial health effects by stimulating the growth of a specific class of bacteria.

Probiotics contain living microorganisms, and prebiotics are a special kind of dietary fiber.

Probiotics have been clinically applied in conditions such as diarrhea resulting from the use of antibiotics or in inflammatory bowel diseases.

They are also used to reduce the rate of infection in patients in intensive care units or to combat osteoporosis.


In the case of prebiotics, they have also been used for their beneficial effects in reducing diarrhea but also constipation. Their possible effects on the metabolism in the prevention of pathologies such as diabetes or obesity are also studied.

Prebiotics could form part of the therapeutic arsenal in situations where glucose and insulin metabolism is altered.

Prebiotics vs Probiotics

Although probiotics are generally safe, they may not be recommended for everyone.

Prebiotics may safer because they are a special type of fiber and do not require as much care for preservation as probiotics, and are easier to obtain.

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