Probiotics are a species of health associated intestinal bacteria (see review probiotics) that work synergistically when combined with prebiotics such as inulin. Prebiotics prepare the environment for probiotics to flourish and work at their best.
Inulin/FOS is found in many common fruits and vegetables and can readily be extracted from chicory roots. Inulin is a fiber and sweetener that is used extensively in sugar free, low fat and low calorie carbohydrate foods and beverages.
There is also some evidence that inulin – type prebiotics have a positive effect on bowel transit and stool consistency in infants and alleviate existing constipation in adults. Further studies in a population of tube feeding adult patients indicated that addition of FOS to their food increased levels of fecal Bifidobacteria and enhanced quality of life scores. Similarly addition of FOS to infant foods increased the fecal content of Bifidobacteria and the level of intestinal microflora in formula fed infants.
The combination of inulin and probiotics offered in IMMNOBIOTICS provide an efficient and convenient paired product for the consumer's benefit. It also provides for a functionally superior product compared to individual intake of each ingredient separately.