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What are prebiotics, probiotics and synbiotics?

A probiotic - "A preparation of or a product containing viable, defined microorganisms in sufficient numbers, which alter the microflora (by implantation or colonization) in a compartment of the host and by that exert beneficial health effects in this host."

The term prebiotic was introduced by Gibson and Roberfroid (42) who exchanged "pro" for "pre," which means "before" or "for." They defined prebiotics as "a non-digestible food ingredient that beneficially affects the host by selectively stimulating the growth and/or activity of one or a limited number of bacteria in the colon." This definition more or less overlaps with the definition of dietary fiber, with the exception of its selectivity for certain species.

The term synbiotic is used when a product contains both probiotics and prebiotics.

Source: Schrezenmeir, Jürgen., de Vrese, Michael.  Probiotics, prebiotics, and synbiotics—approaching a definition. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 73, No. 2, 361S-364s, February 2001

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Vetark are strong believers in the 'power' of probiotics and were at the forefront of their use in exotic pets. Our AVIPRO was we believe the first probiotic product in UK developed specifically with difficult 'exotic' pets in mind.

We have worked with probiotics for over 20 years in veterinary practices.  Our more recent in-house work which led to the development of AVIPRO PLUS as a 'synbiotic' (with vitamins and soluble fibre prebiotic) has confirmed to us that we maintain that preference.

European licensing is now not supporting multi-organism products, we have now incorporate only licensed, proven-effective organisms in our products.

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