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Should You Take Prebiotic and Probiotic Capsules for Better Health? A Guide

BIFILIN and GUTRITE are pre and probiotic capsules brands in India

Synbiotics include a mixture of both pre and probiotics preparations

Fruit oligosaccharides contain plant sugars and are used as prebiotics

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Bajaj Finserv Health
February 8th, 2022
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When we talk about nutrition, prebiotics and probiotics capsules form an important part of the discussion. But do we really know what they mean? Both probiotics and prebiotics play totally different roles. While probiotics include bacteria beneficial for your health, prebiotics function as foods necessary for these bacteria. Even though both are different, they are equally important for your well-being. 

Probiotics contain live bacteria and are available in form of supplements or present in specific foods [1]. Substances that you normally cannot digest, such as fiber, come under prebiotics. These are consumed by the good bacteria present in your gut. While you may take prebiotics and probiotic capsules, you should be aware that there are many foods containing prebiotics. 

A few examples of foods with high prebiotic fiber include:

  • Berries
  • Legumes
  • Bananas
  • Asparagus
  • Garlic
  • Oats

To know more about different prebiotics and probiotics foods along with the benefits of such supplements, read on. 

Additional read: 6 Crucial Nutrition Concepts That Form a Key Part of a Healthy Diet

Prebiotics and Probiotics

What are the different uses of probiotics and prebiotics?

Your stomach and vagina or intestines contain umpteen number of good bacteria. When you take antibiotics or due to other reasons, the normal balance of yeast or bacteria may be disturbed. By having probiotics, you can restore their number and improve your digestion. Probiotics are used to treat different problems like:

  • Bowel issues
  • Vaginal yeast infections
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Eczema
  • Lactose intolerance problems

While probiotics occur naturally in foods such as soy drinks, yoghurt and milk, you may also consume them in the form of capsules, powders and tablets. A few pre and probiotic capsules brands in India include:

  • GUTRITE
  • BIFILIN 
  • DAROLAC
  • GEMLAC

Keep these prebiotic and probiotic capsules brand names in mind and they and others are easily available and affordable. The prebiotic and probiotic capsules price varies from one manufacturer to another. 

A probiotic capsule normally prescribed by doctors is the Velgut capsule. While it is used for normalizing microflora of the intestines, it is also effective in preventing diarrhea and minimizes the loss of good bacteria from your body.

Prebiotics cannot be digested by our body due to the lack of enzymes that are required to break them down. Instead, these can be absorbed in your blood. So, when it comes in contact with gut bacteria, these can be easily digested. There are many benefits of consuming prebiotics. They: 

  • Improve your immunity
  • Enhance calcium absorption
  • Minimize allergies
  • Increase your metabolism

Fructo oligosaccharides, which contain plant sugars, are used in the form of prebiotics. These act as food for good bacteria in your intestine and help lower your cholesterol levels as well. When a mixture of both probiotics and prebiotics are used together for improving the activity and survival of good bacteria in your gut, it is called synbiotics. These functional foods help prevent diseases and improve your health as well [2].

Additional read: Boost Your Immunity with This Healthy and Nutritious Indian Meal Plan

Prebiotics and probiotics differences

How can you use Probiotic Supplements with Prebiotics?

It is important to follow instructions mentioned in the package before consuming both of them together. Check if you need to swallow it as is or chew supplements. In some cases, you may be asked to sprinkle it on food or mix with water. When having probiotic with prebiotics in liquid form, take proper care to measure your dose. If you are on antibiotics, it is important to give a gap of at least 2-3 hours. Do not take these supplements if you have high fever without talking to your doctor.

What are the Possible Side Effects of using Probiotics along with Prebiotics?

While you can take most prebiotic and probiotic capsules safely and with minimal side effects, you need to be aware of a few facts. You may face abdominal discomfort, gastric problems and bloating of the stomach. These pills may also trigger headaches or cause allergic reactions. If you notice any unusual symptoms, consult a doctor without any delay. Always keep a close watch on prebiotic and probiotic capsules side effects.

What is the Prebiotic and Probiotic Capsule Dosage you should take?

Doctors advise that the prebiotic and probiotic capsules dosage you take should be as per the prescription. An overdose can affect your health. It is always better to wait until your body gets adjusted to them and then increase your dosage as per a doctor’s recommendation. 

Now that you are aware of the pros and cons of taking prebiotics along with probiotics, you can include them in your diet. To consult a doctor for the right dosage, connect to top nutritionists and general physicians on Bajaj Finserv Health. Go for an in-person or online consultation and take a step forward towards better health!

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