What are probiotics?

Probiotics are live micro=organisms which when administered in adequate amounts could confer a health benefit on the host, generally by improving or restoring the gut microbiota

Probiotics are considered generally safe to consume or to be applied to the skin, but may cause bacteria-host

 interactions and unwanted side effects
 in rare cases.

The first discovered probiotic was a certain strain of bacillus in Bulgarian yoghurt, called Lactobacillus bulgaricus

Live probiotic cultures are part of fermented dairy products like yoghurt, other fermented foods, and probiotic-fortified Foods.


Prebiotics, are food compounds that induce the growth or activity of micro-organisms.