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Prebiotics Supplement on the Horizon

You may have heard of Probiotics – they’re the live bacteria found in certain foods and supplements that promote good intestinal health. But what about Prebiotics? These can be just as important, if not more important than probiotics, yet Prebiotics don’t always get the attention they deserve. Prebiotics supplement on the horizon.

So what are prebiotics?

Prebiotics are plant-based fibers that help support the growth of probiotics – the good bacteria found in your digestive system. Eating those special yogurts and taking supplements designed to promote those bacteria is great, but focusing on probiotics alone is not enough. Prebiotics nourish the good bacteria already present in your intestines, which in turn can provide a wide range of health benefits to everyone, no matter their level of health.

Why do prebiotics matter?

Your digestive system is a delicate but crucial part of your body, and taking care of it should be a top priority. You can upset the balance of your digestive system simply by eating the wrong thing, which can cause temporary discomfort, but there are also a number of long-term or even chronic issues that you might face:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Gastritis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • …And more

Clinical research has shown that prebiotics can be helpful against all of these complaints, as well as more common digestive issues associated with an inconsistent or unhealthy diet. Having good bacteria present in your digestive system is shown to strengthen the bowel walls, improve your body’s ability to absorb minerals, and promote the regulation of hormone production. Prebiotics are a key element to maintaining that good bacteria in your body.

Prebiotics are also less delicate than probiotics, which are sensitive and will be broken down by heat, cold, and stomach acid. Prebiotic fibers will not be broken down or digested by the body – rather they will act as ‘fertilizers’ for vital bacteria already located in your gut, promoting the good bacteria and pushing out the harmful bacteria.

The Benefits of Prebiotics

Maintaining the good bacteria in your digestive system has been recognized in recent years as a crucial element to our overall health. A healthy digestive tract can contribute to the effectiveness of the immune system, the body’s ability to absorb calcium and other minerals, and reduces the risk of certain cancers such as colon cancer. Regularly consuming prebiotics through food or dietary fiber supplements can contribute to these benefits.

Research has also shown that prebiotics lessen the effects of digestive complaints such as constipation and diarrhea, as well as more serious issues such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and other chronic issues.

In addition to these benefits, regular consumption of prebiotics through food or supplements has other perks, such as the following:

  • Prebiotics can help regulate bowel movements and improve stool content.
  • Prebiotics are well-tolerated and will not cause bloating, cramps, or gas, which can be a side effect when consuming other fibers and dietary fiber supplements.
  • Prebiotics are 100% gluten free.
  • These benefits can be observed by anyone who consumes prebiotics regularly as part of their diet or supplement regimen, and as time goes on the list of benefits continues to grow.

Prebiotics in Your Food

Prebiotics are most commonly found in the form of a soluble dietary fiber called inulin that is found in common vegetables such as asparagus, garlic, leeks, onions, and artichokes.

The following foods contain the highest amounts of prebiotics per serving:

  • Raw Chicory root: 64.6% prebiotic fiber by weight
  • Raw Jerusalem artichoke: 31.5% prebiotics by weight
  • Raw Dandelion greens: 24.3% prebiotic fiber by weight
  • Raw Garlic: 17.5% prebiotics by weight
  • Raw Leek: 11.7% prebiotic fiber by weight
  • Raw Onion: 8.6% prebiotics by weight
  • Cooked Onion: 5% prebiotic fiber by weight
  • Raw Asparagus: 5% prebiotics by weight
  • Raw Wheat bran: 5% prebiotic fiber by weight
  • Wheat flour, baked: 4.8% prebiotics by weight
  • Raw Banana: 1% prebiotic fiber by weight

    Bananas - Photographer Rota Florea

    Photo by courtesy from the travel portfolio of Rita Florea.

Maintaining a healthy level of prebiotics through dietary consumption alone can be difficult. As noted in the list, the foods that contain the highest levels of prebiotics must be eaten raw in order to gain the most benefits. Cooking these foods can break down the soluble fiber and deplete their effectiveness. Getting your daily intake of prebiotics is easier through dietary fiber supplements such as the new breed of prebiotic fibers.

The Benefits of Tasteless, Colorless, Odorless Prebiotics Supplement

There is a new breed of prebiotic fibers that offers all of the benefits enjoyed by those who regularly consume prebiotics through their daily meals. As a regulatory fiber, the new “soluble” fibers will improve digestive health by promoting the good bacteria found in the gut, relieving constipation and diarrhea, and improving more active digestive issues such as irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease.

For those who are unable to consume the foods that offer the most prebiotics, or do not like the taste or texture of other dietary fiber supplements, these new fibers taken as a supplement are an easy, hassle-free alternative:

  • They are tasteless, colorless, and odorless.
  • They dissolves completely in water.
  • They won’t alter the taste or texture of foods or beverages, and can be added to recipes when cooking or baking without losing its benefits.
  • 100% gluten free.Our Prebiotic Supplement is on the horizon ……more to come….

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Dr. Pamela Nathan DHM October 27, 2014