If there is one secret to a good immune system, it is a healthy gut. Any imbalance in the guts can lead to metabolic abnormalities and a range of diseases. Prebiotics is a non-pharmacological approach to re-balance the gut microbiome and ensure better wellbeing.
Prebiotics are in fact fibre compounds in foods that are not digestible. They stimulate the growth of good bacteria, which in turn slows down the growth of abnormal flora and pathogens. Some examples of prebiotics include fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS), inulin, pectin and lactulose.
One of the impacts of a prebiotics is the strengthening of the immune system. By enhancing the quality of the microbiome, probiotics, especially of lactic acid bacteria and bifidobacteria, can flourish. Prebiotics also stimulate the activity of gut-associated lymphoid tissues (GALT), resulting in better well-being and improve defence against diseases.
Fig contains a significant amount of dietary fiber called pectin, which is a prebiotic. Thus, regular consumption of figs ensures a healthier microbiome and is a immune system booster.