Postbiotics-Do you need them?
Updated: Jul 20, 2019
We've heard of prebiotics, probiotics, synbiotics and now there's postbiotics. So what are they? If you combine a prebiotic (fibre for your gut bugs) + probiotic (live bacteria) they = a synbiotic. This synbiotic union produces postbiotics which are the compounds produced during this union. Some examples include: short chain fatty acids (SCFAs), natural antibiotics, vitamins, amino acids, neurotransmitters, organic acids, enzymes, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds, glutathione and many more still being defined. Why are these important? Because they can be used by your body for many different health related purposes. This is still a very new area of research but is well worth keeping an eye on. (Images sourced from Creative Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/…/File:Pre-,_pro-_and_postbio…; https://medicalxpress.com/…/2019-05-viruses-cholera-infecti…)