Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Prebiotin™ Prebiotic Fiber

1. What is a prebiotic?

A prebiotic is a special type of plant fiber that selectively nourishes the good bacteria in the gut which, in turn, produces many health benefits. Click here to learn more about how prebiotics work.

2. What is the difference between a prebiotic and a probiotic?

Probiotics are live bacteria most commonly found in yogurt, other dairy products, and supplements that can add to the “good” bacteria in our digestive systems. Prebiotics, on the other hand, are not live.  They are a special type of fiber from certain food sources that “feed” the good bacteria already in the gut so the bacteria can easily multiply in the colon.

An easy way to understand the difference is to consider the probiotic the seed, while the prebiotic is the fertilizer that feeds the seed and helps it to grow and thrive. Prebiotin prebiotic fiber can be used without probiotics since it nurtures the good bacteria already in the gut. To learn more about prebiotics and probiotics, click here.

3. What is in Prebiotin™ prebiotic fiber?

Prebiotin contains two types of indigestible carbohydrates or fibers: oligofructose and inulin. Together they are called oligofructose-enriched inulin (OEI). Both types of fibers are derived from the chicory plant, which has high concentrations of the purest prebiotic fiber. The fibers are mixed together in a carefully designed formula, using NO additives, to feed the “good bacteria” residing in the large intestine. For more information about the ingredients, click here.

4. Does Prebiotin™ prebiotic fiber contain sugar?

Some people are concerned that oligofructose (one of the key ingredients) is a sugar such as fructose. However, it is a sugar only in a chemical sense. Both oligofructose and inulin (the other main ingredient) do not act as sugars. As fibers, they are not absorbed by the small intestine as digestible food and add no calories to the diet. For more information about the ingredients, click here.

5. Why is Prebiotin™ called a “full-spectrum” prebiotic fiber?

Prebiotin contains two prebiotic fibers that are refined from chicory root, which has high concentrations of pure fiber: oligofructose, also known as FOS, fertilizes beneficial bacteria in the right side of the colon. Inulin by itself is a longer, more complex fiber that acts mostly in the left side of the colon. Prebiotin is the only prebiotic supplement to combine inulin and oligofructose (OEI) into a carefully designed formula that nourishes the good bacteria throughout the whole colon. For more information about how Prebiotin nourishes the colon, click here.

6. How should I take Prebiotin™ Prebiotic fiber?

Prebiotin prebiotic fiber product readily dissolves in any hot or cold liquid with stirring. It can also be sprinkled on to any foods such as cereal, soups, sauces, salads, and vegetables. It has a very slight natural sweetness, which can complement foods. To reach the full benefits of taking Prebiotin, it is best to take it daily and at a consistent time of day. The specific time of day is a matter of personal preference.

7. What is the proper serving size of Prebiotin™ prebiotic fiber?

Since Prebiotin is pure prebiotic soluble fiber, you do not need a large amount. For the first week, start with a half of the small scoop in your container of Prebiotin (which equals about ½ cooking teaspoon of the powder) or half of a 4 gram fiber stick. A scoop is 4 grams of powder; fiber sticks come in 2 and 4 gram units. If there is no unusual abdominal bloating, cramping, or excess flatus (gas), increase the dose to a full scoop or a whole fiber stick, twice a day for a total of 8 grams per day. Some individuals with gastrointestinal illness take twice this amount. Build up slowly to determine what amount brings the best results in your own system. 

While Prebiotin is not a toxic substance, it is best to stay within the guidelines of a maximum of 8 to 16 grams daily.

8. Are there any serious side effects to Prebiotin™ prebiotic fiber?

No. There are no serious side effects from taking Prebiotin. As your body adjusts to the fiber, you will experience less digestive upset and numerous health-boosting benefits. For more information about the benefits of Prebiotin, click here. 

9. What about excess gas?

Some people experience excess gas or flatus initially. To avoid this, it is best to start taking a small amount daily (for example, a ½ scoop or fiber stick per day for the first week), then slowly to build up to the desired amount. At a certain level, many people will notice that their intestinal gas no longer has an unpleasant odor. This is because acidity has increased in the colon, and the bacteria that make the smelly sulfide gases no longer grow.

10. What are the benefits of taking Prebiotin™ prebiotic fiber?

By taking Prebiotin, you nourish beneficial gut bacteria and improve your health. You’ll notice improved regularity. If you suffer from a lower GI condition such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you may notice a reduction in uncomfortable symptoms.

The fiber in Prebiotin has also been clinically proven to increase the bioavailability of calcium already in your diet, making you less susceptible to osteoporosis. Recent studies have proven that Prebiotin can also strengthen the immune system, help with weight and appetite control, and improve mental health. For more information about the benefits of Prebiotin, click here. 

11. Can I feel Prebiotin™ prebiotic fiber working in my body?

Yes. There are some people who will get a surprisingly rapid improvement in their sense of well-being, with decreased appetite and an improved bowel pattern. However, because Prebiotin prebiotic fiber addresses the underlying cause of health complaints by improving the mix of bacteria in the colon, it may take two to six months to notice a change in health and well-being. 

12. What symptoms indicate I am not consuming enough prebiotic fiber in my diet?

Without enough prebiotic fiber, the “bad” bacteria may take over the digestive system and cause dysbiosis—symptoms like constipation, diarrhea, and other digestive distress. Studies have found that joint pain and even depression can be related to the mix of bacteria in the colon. Using Prebiotin for several months has been shown to diminish these symptoms and boost the immune system. For more information about the benefits of Prebiotin, click here. 

13. If I am healthy, are there any benefits to taking Prebiotin™ prebiotic fiber?

Yes. The standard Western diet has become markedly deficient in prebiotic fibers. Our ancestors, who relied on grains, berries, and, especially, root vegetables for nutrition, ingested large quantities of these beneficial prebiotics. Unfortunately, modern food production, the industrialization of farming, the cheap availability of animal meats, and a cultural preference for fast, processed foods have all but eliminated these healthy fibers from our diet. A regular dose of Prebiotin prebiotic fiber returns the gut to a more healthy, natural state. For a list of the benefits of Prebiotin, click here.

14. Can I give Prebiotin™ prebiotic fiber to my children?

Children of any age can take Prebiotin prebiotic fiber to help them develop and maintain a healthy digestive system. Inulin and oligofructose, the main ingredients in Prebiotin, are dietary fibers that are safe for children of all ages and even infants. It is best to start with very small amounts and build up the daily dose slowly based on the age and weight of the child. Prebiotin supports the development of a healthy immune system and can reduce problems with constipation.

It is always helpful to discuss Prebiotin and all supplements with your child’s pediatrician.

15. Can I take Prebiotin™ prebiotic fiber with my medications?

Prebiotin has no known interactions with medications. However, you should always check with your physician about the impact of any supplement.

16. Is taking Prebiotin™ prebiotic fiber helpful when taking an antibiotic?

Antibiotics also destroy good bacteria in the colon, even while they are clearing up an infection. It is therefore best to continue the daily routine of taking Prebiotin prebiotic fiber to ensure that new, healthy bacteria colonies are being nourished and re-established to replace the bacteria that was destroyed by the antibiotics. It is important to provide extra support for the growth of new, helpful bacteria since even a single course of antibiotics can have an impact on the gut for over two years.

17. Is colon cleansing helpful?

From a medical and scientific standpoint, colon cleansing makes no sense. You can never rid your colon of bacteria, nor should you ever want to. Most colon cleansing products simply empty out the lower portion of the colon or encourage large, bulky stool. They do not provide the nourishment and support for the growth of healthy bacteria colonies in the colon that Prebiotin offers.

Rather than cleansing the colon, a better choice is to use Prebiotin prebiotic fiber to bring the bacteria into a healthy balance that boosts the immune system and helps with regularity. For more information about the benefits of prebiotics, click here. 

18. What do I do about “toxins” in the colon?

Most of us have some “bad” bacteria in our colon. E. coli is a common example. These types of bacteria produce toxins (also called “endotoxins” in medical settings) or substances that are poisonous to humans. When too many “bad” bacteria grow in your colon, then the lining of the gut becomes weaker, and the toxins from the bacteria can move more easily through the colon wall and into the blood stream. This can cause a wide range of health problems, from pain in the joints and food allergies, to autoimmune diseases like celiac and Crohn’s disease and even depression.

It is almost impossible to get rid of most of these bacteria completely. However, by using Prebiotin, you will feed the good bacteria and restrict the growth of the undesirable bacteria. Click here to learn more about how the colon works. 

19. What is “gut microbiota”?

The gut microbiota, or flora, is the medical term for the incredible mix of bacteria and other microbes such as fungi and viruses that make up your digestive tract, from your esophagus to your colon. The greatest number of these microbes are in your colon. That can be a good or bad mix depending on the diet you eat, and if your diet includes enough prebiotic foods to stimulate the growth of “good” bacteria. Prebiotin prebiotic supplement is a pure prebiotic and stimulates the growth of good microbiota. Click here to learn more about gut microbiota.

20. How does Prebiotin™ prebiotic fiber compare with Metamucil (psyllium)? Can they be taken together?

Both are fibers that help with regularity.  However, as the following chart indicates, only Prebiotin is a prebiotic fiber that nourishes the good bacteria in the colon, with numerous health benefits. 

Metamucil™(psyllium) Prebiotin™ (oligofructose enriched inulin)
Improves bowel regularity X X
Lowers cholesterol X
Increases calcium absorption X
Increases bone density X
Increases good colon bacteria X
Decreases bad colon bacteria X
Produces vitamin B12 & K X
Increases colon immune factors X
Controls weight and appetite X
Reduces triglyceride level X

If desired, both products can be taken together. There are no known interactions between these two fibers. To avoid excess gas initially, it is best to slowly build up to higher doses. Taking Prebiotin or any fiber with food is also recommended, since it slows the movement of the fiber into the colon and results in less gas formation.

21. What is Prebiotin™ prebiotic fiber’s product return policy?

You may return any item purchased from Prebiotin for any reason within thirty (30) days of purchase. Please click here for more information. You can also contact our customer care department at support@jacksongi.com or toll free at 855-466-3488 for additional instructions.

It may be helpful to remember that the health effects with Prebiotin become more apparent with use over three to six months.