Prebiotics and Probiotics

A section of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643).

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After enjoying a tremendous rise in popularity both in the general public and the scientific community for close to two decades, the opinions on prebiotics and probiotics have recently been much less enthusiastic, with even vocal skepticism expressed by some parts of the scientific community. At some point, however, the pendulum will finally stop to point to an honest, objective, an unbiased assessment.

This Section of Nutrients aims to provide up-to-date, fair, and balanced reports free of commercial biases and containing the newest rigorous information most relevant to health care providers, from practicing clinicians to dietitians and nurses so they can be presented with a fair and rigorously evidence-based answer to some of the most common questions currently open for the potential use of prebiotics and probiotics.

This field is now expanding to a new frontier: that of post-biotics. Here too, this Section will solicit contributions in this exciting new field, both from the basic science point of view and from the many potential areas of clinical use.

We are thus soliciting all potential authors—basic science, translational and clinical investigators, and recognized authorities in this area—to populate this Section by providing their rigorous analyses and syntheses of the currently available evidence to create a state-of-the-art array of reliable and valuable information.


  • Prebiotic, probiotics, and postbiotics: what they are, how they work
  • The development of intestinal microbiota in humans
  • Field of applications of prebiotics
  • Field of applications of probiotics: the gut and much more:
    • In newborns and infants
    • In children
    • In adults
  • Potential use of postbiotics
  • Current controversies in the field of probiotics

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