Digestive Enzymes, Probiotics, and Prebiotics

AspectProbioticsPrebioticsDigestive Enzymes
DefinitionLive beneficial bacteria or yeastsNon-digestible fibers that nourish gut bacteriaProvide food and promote the growth of good bacteria
SourceFoods (e.g., yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut)Foods (e.g., garlic, onions, bananas)Naturally produced by the body or supplemental
FunctionRestore and maintain a healthy gut floraImprove digestion, boost the immune systemEnhance digestion and nutrient absorption
Mode of ActionColonize the gut and interact with microbesAct as food for probiotics and gut bacteriaBreak down complex molecules into simpler forms
BenefitsImprove digestion, boost immune systemSupport gut health, enhance nutrient absorptionAid in breaking down proteins, carbs, and fats
Potential Side EffectsMild digestive discomfort in some individualsGas and bloating in some individualsRare, but potential allergic reactions
ExamplesLactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, SaccharomycesInulin, oligofructose, fructooligosaccharidesAmylase, lipase, protease, lactase