Probiotics, prebiotics, and synbiotics - Approaching a definition

  • Schrezenmeir J
  • De Vrese M
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Abstract

Definitions of different pro-, pre-, and synbiotics suggested by different investigators are critically discussed. On the basis of this analysis, the probiotic concept is confined to effects exerted by viable microorganisms but is applicable independent of the site of action and route of administration. It therefore may include sites such as the oral cavity, the intestine, the vagina, and the skin.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Definitions
  • Health claims
  • History
  • Prebiotic
  • Probiotic
  • Synbiotic

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Authors

  • Jürgen Schrezenmeir

  • Michael De Vrese

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