Interplay between probiotics and prebiotics for human nutrition and health

Glenise Bierhalz Voss, Daniela Machado*, Joana Cristina Barbosa, Débora A. Campos, Ana Maria Gomes, Manuela Pintado

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In the last years, probiotics, prebiotics, and synbiotics have been exploited as microbiota-management tools to enhance human health. In this context, a vast array of probiotic, prebiotic, and synbiotic products have been developed and provided in pharmaceutical forms or food/nutraceutical supplements. In this chapter, we will present an overall perspective of probiotics and prebiotics considering their benefits for human health, underlying mechanisms of action, and the criteria for their selection. In addition, the interplay between probiotics and prebiotics and their importance in human nutrition and health will be discussed, namely regarding the emergence of synbiotics as a combination of both.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProbiotics for human nutrition in health and disease
EditorsEvandro Leite de Souza, José Luiz de Brito Alves, Vincenzina Fusco
PublisherAcademic Press
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9780323899161
ISBN (Print)9780323899086
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022


  • Food
  • Gut microbiota
  • Health
  • Prebiotic
  • Probiotic
  • Synbiotic


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