Prebiotin® Prebiotic Fiber and Specific Health Conditions

1. Are Prebiotin prebiotic fiber products gluten free?

Yes. Prebiotin prebiotic fiber products have been independently tested and are gluten free, with two exceptions:  Prebiotin Regularity and Prebiotin Heart Health. Click here for a full listing of products and descriptions. The main ingredient in Prebiotin, chicory root, does not contain gluten. Prebiotin Prebiotic Fiber is an excellent product for individuals with Celiac disease. It can replace the health-boosting fiber that is also eliminated when wheat products are removed from one’s diet. Click here to learn more about Prebiotin and Celiac disease.

2. Why is the bacterial mix or microbiota important to an individual with Celiac disease?

We all require prebiotic foods (foods with healthy plant-based fiber) to feed the “good” bacteria and keep a healthy bacterial mix in our microbiome or digestive system. In America, we get about 70% or more of our prebiotic fiber from wheat. When we no longer eat wheat, we lose a valuable source of prebiotic fiber, and the bacterial mix in our colon deteriorates. Eating other prebiotic-rich foods (like garlic, bananas, asparagus, etc.) and using a prebiotic supplement like Prebiotin can ensure we have enough prebiotic fiber to maintain a healthy mix of bacteria. Click here to learn more about Prebiotin and Celiac disease.

3. What benefits does Prebiotin® prebiotic fiber offer individuals with Celiac disease?

Studies have shown that maintaining a healthy mix of bacteria in the colon can increase absorption of calcium and improve bone density, support health and immunity, help with weight management, improve cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and regulate dysbiosis and endotoxins. For more information about the benefits of Prebiotin, click here

4. Does Prebiotin™ prebiotic fiber help with Crohn’s disease?

It is now well-established that Crohn’s disease begins when the bowel wall weakens and certain colon bacteria invade it, causing inflammation. In addition, analysis of the gut bacteria in Crohn’s patients shows a less healthy mix than that of individuals without the disease. Studies indicate that Prebiotin strengthens the gut wall by stimulating the growth of good bacteria. It is suspected that these desirable bacteria can be helpful in the dietary management of Crohn’s  disease. Click here to learn more about Prebiotin and Crohn’s disease.

5. Does Prebiotin™ prebiotic fiber help with ulcerative colitis (UC)?

UC begins in the left side of the colon and rectum. Normally, the colon contents here are neutral, neither acid nor alkaline. Prebiotin helps to acidify the bowel in this area, which can prevent ulceration in the bowel wall, the hallmark of UC. With UC, as with many bowel conditions and diseases, research has found that the “bad” bacteria predominate in the colon. Early studies indicate that with Prebiotin, the good bacteria grow, and symptoms of digestive disorders like UC improve. Click here for more information about Prebiotin and ulcerative colitis. 

6. Does Prebiotin™ prebiotic fiber help with polyps in the colon?

Obesity, processed meats, and alcohol have been associated with increased risk of polyps or tumors in the colon. On the other hand, fiber, garlic, milk, and calcium have shown protective effects. The activity and makeup of the bacteria is also important to reduce the number of polyps or tumors. Researchers have found that eating a high fiber diet and using a prebiotic like Prebiotin reduces the risk for polyps and cancer in the bowel. Click here for more information about Prebiotin prebiotic fiber and polyps in the colon.

7. Does Prebiotin™ prebiotic fiber help with leaky gut?

When undesirable bacteria predominate in the gut, the lining of the gut weakens and allows certain bacteria and their byproducts, endotoxins or toxins, to move through the bowel wall. From there, they may enter the blood stream, reach the liver, and then move throughout the entire body, causing health problems (including joint pain, asthma, Type 1 diabetes, allergies, and other health conditions). Taking Prebiotin prebiotic fiber can improve the bacterial makeup in the gut and actually strengthen the bowel wall, which can in turn stop toxins from moving into the blood stream. Click here for more information about Prebiotin and leaky gut.

8. Can Prebiotin™ prebiotic fiber help with weight loss and obesity?

Overweight people have an abnormal mix of bacteria in the colon. Prebiotin prebiotic fiber helps to nurture the good bacteria so they flourish and improves the bacterial mix in the gut. A healthy mix of bacteria stimulates the production of hormones which dull the appetite and provide a sense of fullness. In this way, taking Prebiotin can help with weight loss and obesity. To learn more about Prebiotin and weight loss, click here. 

9. Can Prebiotin™ prebiotic fiber help with irritable bowl syndrome (IBS)?

IBS is a functional bowel disorder consisting of abdominal distension and fullness, recurrent distress or discomfort, and changes in flatulence and stool pattern. Persons with IBS have been found to have an abnormal bacterial mix within the colon. Prebiotin can improve the bacterial mix in the colon and may help relieve some of the symptoms of IBS. It is best to start by taking low doses of Prebiotin, then increasing the dose gradually, depending on symptoms of bloating and gas. To learn more about Prebiotin and IBS, click here.

10. Can Prebiotin™ prebiotic fiber help with autism?

There is no known cause or cure for autism. However, researchers have found striking differences in the microbiome of children with autism. They often have fewer types of bacteria and a less healthy mix of bacteria, making the gut more susceptible to attack from disease-causing pathogens.

Accordingly, the most common complaint of children with autism is “tummy troubles”—everything from pain to diarrhea and constipation. Autistic children with tummy troubles can benefit from taking Prebiotin prebiotic fiber to improve the mix of bacteria in their digestive systems. This may relieve some of the gastrointestinal distress and related behavioral problems, learning difficulties, and issues with sleep. Click here.

11. Can Prebiotin help with diabetes?      

Research has shown that type 2 diabetes is almost always associated with higher levels of undesirable bacteria in the gut. This unfavorable mixture of bacteria, called dysbiosis, leads to chronic inflammation, the main cause of diabetes-related injuries to the blood vessels. Studies have shown that regular use of Prebiotin Prebiotic Fiber, along with a high fiber diet, can reduce inflammation in the body and reduce the risk of developing diabetes and its impact.  Click here for more information about Prebiotin and diabetes.