Probiotics: Preventing Complications of Antibiotic Use
What is the Microbiota? Function of the Microbiota

The microbiota has functions related to metabolism, immune system development and protection against invasion by pathogens (disease causing organisms).5,7

  • Production of enzymes that help to digest dietary nutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and nucleic acids.
  • Digestion of fibres that are resistant to degradation by human enzymes and would not otherwise be digested.
  • Contribution to immunity through the development of immunoglobulin A and by inhibiting the growth of pathogenic bacteria through competition for nutrients.
  • Inhibition of pathogenic bacteria from colonizing the gastrointestinal tract by preventing them from attaching to the gut wall.