Compounds containing both probiotic and prebiotic ingredients, resulting in products with functional characteristics of both groups.
The consumption of properly selected probiotics and prebiotics in a symbiotic compound synergistically increases the positive effects of each of them, acting as a multiplying factor on the isolated actions of each ingredient.
Synbiotics optimize the intestinal immune system and favor the flora control, reducing the incidence of infections. This is due to the fact that probiotics increase the levels of circulating lymphocytes and cytokines, which stimulate phagocytosis. Prebiotics, on the other hand, increase the release of high levels of lactic acid and promote a consequent reduction in colonic pH.
The synergistic action of selectively selected microorganisms on symbiotic compounds also favors the quantity, bioavailability and digestibility of dietary nutrients, due to decrease in intestinal pH, the presence of iron lactate in the intestine or by the release of various enzymes in the intestinal lumen by lactic bacteria, exerting synergistic effects on digestion and relieving symptoms of absorption deficiency of various nutrients.