Science – Probiotics and Prebiotics

Probiotics

Probiotics commonly refers to both the beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract and the supplements used to increase their population. They break down forages by converting sugars and carbohydrates into beneficial by-products of fatty acids and nutrilites, where they will then be absorbed into the blood and delivered to cells as nutrients.

Microflora is the broad term that describes all the bacteria (both good and bad) active in the digestive tract. Probiotics and pathogens (disease-causing microorganisms) are all a part of the same microflora, but when the probiotics are strong and healthy, their populations flourish, leaving little room and food for the pathogens. This “crowding out”of the pathogens is referred to as “competitive exclusion”.

Prebiotics

Prebiotics are food for probiotics and help keep probiotics healthy. Prebiotics are oligosaccharides. They are not directly digested by the animal but rather by the probiotics. These dietary food fibers nourish the microflora’s beneficial bacteria as they are converted into beneficial nutrilites. The oligosaccharide that is used in SweetPro is fructo oligosaccharide (FOS), plus Beta-glucan. When probiotics are healthy and strong, feed gets digested better, nutrients are absorbed better, and the pH stays balanced.


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