Prebiotics have numerous beneficial effects on human health. Scientific research shows that prebiotics increase the number or activity of the beneficial bifidobacteria and lactic acid bacteria. The importance of these groups of bacteria is the improvement of digestion, mineral absorption, and they boost effectiveness and intrinsic strength of the immune system. Prebiotics may even act as antibiotics, slimming agents, and favorably influence the glucose and insulin levels in the human body.
The increasing awareness of the impact of foods on human health has increased the demand for naturally derived functional foods. Prebiotics have emerging uses as dietary supplements and therapeutic agents in various segments in nutrition, such as food, personal care, and feed industries due to its conventional use as a dietary fiber supplement.