What Is a Prebiotic vs Probiotic?
Prebiotics are not probiotics.
Probiotics are live bacteria in yogurt, other dairy products and pills. And while probiotics have been shown effective in managing certain gastrointestinal conditions, they do not have the same power that prebiotics do. First, they’re delicate — heat and stomach acid can kill them, rendering them ineffective before they’ve even been digested. Also, those who don’t eat dairy foods for taste or dietary reasons may find ingesting adequate amounts of probiotics difficult, if not impossible.
What is a prebiotic, then? In short, the Prebiotic is a specialized plant fiber that beneficially nourishes the good bacteria already in the large bowel or colon. The body itself does not digest these plant fibers; instead, the fibers act as a fertilizer to promote the growth of many of the good bacteria in the gut. These, in turn, provide many digestive and general health benefits.
The Prebiotin formula of prebiotic supplements contains both inulin and oligofructose. This full spectrum formula treats the entire bowel wall for maximum effectiveness. And Prebiotin has been proven by numerous independent scientific studies to increase the number of healthy bacteria in the colon, the benefits of which are impressive and essential to overall health and well being.
Probiotic vs Prebiotic
Prebiotics and probiotics both accomplish important health tasks for the human gut. Trying to decide between a probiotic and prebiotic supplement regimen? Consider these prebiotics vs probiotics facts:
PREBIOTIC VS PROBIOTIC
|PREBIOTICS are a special form of dietary fiber||PROBIOTICS are live bacteria in yogurt, dairy products and pills. There are hundreds of probiotic species available. Which of the hundreds of available probiotics is best is still unknown.|
|PREBIOTIC powders are not affected by heat, cold, acid or time.||PROBIOTIC bacteria must be kept alive. They may be killed by heat, stomach acid or simply die with time.|
|PREBIOTICS provide a wide range of health benefits to the otherwise healthy person. Most of these have been medically proven.||PROBIOTICS are still not clearly known to provide health benefits to the otherwise healthy. Some are suspected but still not proven.|
|PREBIOTICS nourish the good bacteria that everyone already has in their gut.||PROBIOTICS must compete with the over 1000 bacteria species already in the gut.|
|PREBIOTICS may be helpful or preventative for irritable bowel (IBS), or inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s Disease,Ulcerative Colitis), colon polyps and cancer and those people with a leaky gut.||Certain PROBIOTIC species have been shown to be helpful for irritable bowel disease and for recurrence of certain bowel infections such as C. difficile.|
Prebiotin prebiotic supplements provide a range of important benefits not just to lower gut health but to overall well being, too. Our formula has been rigorously tested and medically proven to increase the number of healthy bacteria in the gut. Learn more about the health benefits of adding Prebiotin and foods containing fermentable fibers to your diet.
Consuming Prebiotic Fiber
Live probiotic bacteria are easy to find and consume if dairy products are to your taste and meet your dietary needs. Yogurt, for example, contains probiotics; but where can you find prebiotic fiber? It’s easy if you know where to look.
Prebiotic fiber is found in many fruits and vegetables, such as the skin of apples, bananas, onions and garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, chicory root and beans. Sounds easy to get enough prebiotic fiber, right? Unfortunately, the minute amounts of fiber in each of these foods — such as 1 to 2 grams per serving — make ingesting enough fiber extremely difficult. Most people should consume at least 25 grams of fiber every day, and the foods highest in prebiotic fiber — chicory root is one such example — are nearly impossible to eat in large quantities every day. The good news is that adding a prebiotic fiber supplement to your diet is fast and simple. In supplement form, prebiotic fiber is also mild in texture and nearly tasteless, making it easy to add to water, cereal or any other food.
How Prebiotics Help
For years, hardly anyone in the medical profession paid any attention to the role the colon plays in overall health. Over the past 15 years, however, we have discovered that the colon — and specifically, the bacteria that call the colon home — is incredibly important to wellness. The healthy bacteria that live there strengthen the bowel wall, improve mineral absorption and aid in the regulation of hormone production, which has a range of essential benefits. Prebiotics fertilize these good bacteria as they stifle production of the bad, disease-causing bacteria, and Prebiotin prebiotic fiber is independently shown to cause the multiplication of beneficial bacteria.
If you think a strong bowel wall, improved mineral absorption and regulated hormone production doesn’t sound important, consider the details: obesity, diabetes, bone density, cancer, heart health, anxiety, a large range of lower GI problems, and more can improve with copious amounts of beneficial bacteria in a healthy lower gut. Prebiotics research, especially over the past two years, has revealed that consuming a diet high in prebiotic fiber has a positive effect on each of these areas, with more discoveries coming every day.
Prebiotin Prebiotic Fiber
Prebiotin prebiotic fiber is a full spectrum dietary supplement that contains oligofructose and inulin. These all-natural, plant-based fibers are independently shown to nourish the beneficial bacteria in the gut. Prebiotin won’t go bad, it will survive the trip from your mouth to your lower gut intact, and it is easily added to a wide range of foods and drinks.
Prebiotin does not contain dangerous or untested chemicals, and it is suitable for vegetarian and vegan diets.
Author: Frank W. Jackson M.D.
Originally published October 15, 2010