Pioneering prebiotics: Fuelling good gut bacteria, and its surprising array of benefits
Researchers at the University of Reading are leading the charge to improve our gut health. Gastrointestinal disorders such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome are common and rising, and some experts believe a lack of positive bacteria in the gut are partly to blame. These microbes also help us fight off infection, and are implicated in other processes including sleep and brain function. But they need a healthy gut-environment in which to thrive.