Overview of prebiotics, probiotics and synbiotics

  • N Schellack Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • Y Combrinck Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Keywords: prebiotics, probiotics, synbiotics

Abstract

Probiotics have become well-known and widely-used, especially as supplements or add-on therapy in the prevention and management of antibiotic-associated diarrhoea. Very often, however, the beneficial action and correct use of probiotics may either be seriously misunderstood or not acknowledged at all. This article provides an overview of prebiotics, probiotics and synbiotics, including their mechanisms of action, clinical applications and available products on the local market.

Author Biographies

N Schellack, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University

School of Pharmacy, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa

Y Combrinck, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University

School of Pharmacy, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa

Published
2020-04-17
Section
Review