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More about Prebiotics

Prebiotics is a general term used to refer to chemicals that encourage the growth of the tiny microorganisms of good bacteria and fungi that add to the well-being of their host. In the gastrointestinal tract, prebiotics are able to alter the composition of organisms that are found in the gut microbiome.

Prebiotics are actually soluble fiber. As with all fiber, they go through the small intestine unchanged. They readily dissolve in water, and are then fermented in the colon where they produce beneficial gases and physiologically active byproducts.

A prebiotic is not a probiotic. A probiotic is comprised of bacteria strains. A prebiotic, however, is different. It is food fiber from plants and that’s what the good bacteria in the gut thrive on. Yes, they are actually the fuel for the gut good bacteria’s own growth. It is here that some remarkable and wonderful things begin to happen that strengthen digestive function.

Prebiotics increase diversity of the variety of microorganisms found in the gut. This is one of the most important aspects that now define what we know to be a healthy microbiome… diversity. We want all the different strains of beneficial bacteria in the gut to become abundant.

To summarize:

  • Prebiotics are indigestible food ingredients that stimulate the growth and maintenance of beneficial gut microbiota.
  • They are food for probiotics.
  • Prebiotics helps you maintain a healthy digestive system.
  • Prebiotics are classified as soluble fiber. This is very different from insoluble fiber, which the human digestive system finds impossible to digest. Insoluble fiber has the ability to speed up the process of elimination but it doesn’t really contribute nutritionally in the way that soluble fiber does.
  • Prebiotics are the type of soluble fiber with ideal properties to fertilize human natural microbiota.
  • Prebiotics increase diversity of the human microbiome

Why is Perfect Pass Prebiotics the best type of prebiotic to take?

There are several types of prebiotics, depending on where they are derived from. There is inulin  and FOS fructooligosaccaride and galactomannans (guar gum). Perfect Pass Prebiotic is a galactomannan. Why is it preferable to the others? Because it ferments far more slowly in the colon than the other two. When the fermentation process happens fast, there are often side effects of gas and bloating. This does not happen with Perfect Pass Prebiotic that is made from guar gum.

Additionally, the guar gum used in Perfect Pass Prebiotic is partially hydrolyzed and called PHGG. This, too, adds another benefit, making it into a superior prebiotic.

Prebiotics that are found in Food

The prebiotic fiber content by weight in shown in the brackets and is followed by the amount of food that is needed to get 6 gm of soluble prebiotic fiber:

  • Raw chicory root (64.6%) – 1/3 oz
  • Raw Jerusalem artichoke (31.5%) – 3/4 oz
  • Raw dandelion greens (24.3%) – 1 oz
  • Raw garlic (17.5%) – 1.2 oz
  • Raw leek (11.7%) – 1.8 oz
  • Raw onion (8.6%) – 2.5 oz
  • Cooked onion (5%) – 1/4 lb, or 4 oz
  • Raw banana (1%) – 1.3 lb
  • Chicory root – 41.6 g/22.9 g
  • Jerusalem artichoke – 18 g/13.5 g
  • Dandelion greens – 13.5 g/10.8 g
  • Garlic – 12.5 g/5 g
  • Leek – 6.5 g/5.2 g
  • Asparagus – 2.5 g/2.5 g
  • Banana – 0.5 g/0.5 gNote: Inulin content is altered by cooking, although not significantly, some of it is converted into fructose, as in the case of making agave nectar.

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Dr. Pamela Nathan DHM February 7, 2016