Pro- and prebiotics in pig nutrition - potential modulators of gut health?

Citation
B. Zimmermann et al., Pro- and prebiotics in pig nutrition - potential modulators of gut health?, J ANIM FEED, 10(1), 2001, pp. 47-56
Citations number
38
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Animal Sciences
Journal title
JOURNAL OF ANIMAL AND FEED SCIENCES
ISSN journal
1230-1388 → ACNP
Volume
10
Issue
1
Year of publication
2001
Pages
47 - 56
Database
ISI
SICI code
1230-1388(2001)10:1<47:PAPIPN>2.0.ZU;2-8
Abstract
The stressful physiological and environmental conditions experienced in par ticular by young pigs promote the proliferation of pathogens in the digesti ve tract. Probiotics, such as lactic acid-producing bacteria, Bacillus spp. and yeast have been reported to improve microbial balance in the gastroint estinal tract through bacterial antagonisms, competitive exclusion and immu ne stimulation. Prebiotics which include non-digestible oligosaccharides ma y control or manipulate microbial composition and/or activity, thereby assi sting to maintain a beneficial microflora that suppresses through different regulatory mechanisms the growth of pathogens. The combination of probioti cs and prebiotics, also referred to as synbiotics, may improve the survival rate of probiotics during their passage through the digestive tract, thus contributing to the stabilization and/or enhancement of the probiotic effec ts.