Korean Journal of Microbiology

Table. 5.

Advantages and disadvantages of probiotics, postbiotics, and fecal transplantation
Type Description Advantages Disadvantages
Probiotics Live bacteria - Easy to commercialize - Hard to colonize on the host’s gut
- Steady intake is required
Postbiotics Killed bacteria or their metabolite - Relatively safe - Beneficial function may change during inappropriate processing
- More stable
- Independent on the viability of microorganisms
- Available with antibiotics
Fecal transplantation Live bacteria included in healthy donor’s feces - Be supplied with a broader range of microbial diversity and complexity - The annoyance of the transplant process
- The therapeutic efficacy is dependent on the gut microbiome of the donor
Korean J. Microbiol. 2023;59:159-72 https://doi.org/10.7845/kjm.2023.3044
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