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At this point, mostly everyone has heard about probiotics – those ‘friendly’ living microorganisms like yeasts and bacteria that inhabit our intestines, promoting proper and regular digestion. They appear in popular yogurts, teas, kombucha, and supplements. Probiotics support the immune system and can aid those suffering from common GI discomforts such as bloating, gas, or diarrhea. But while probiotics have gotten a lot of attention over the last decade, less has been said about their equally important partner, prebiotics.
Prebiotics are non-living, non-digestible ingredients that fuel the good probiotic microorganisms living inside us, helping them flourish. Prebiotics are generally fibers or starches commonly found in legumes, whole wheat foods, onions, cabbages, asparagus, and oatmeal. When used as an ingredient in supplement products, they typically require large doses to be effective (up to 20-40 grams!), and carry the common side effect of flatulence as a result of large molecules of fiber. Still, a balanced combination of prebiotics and probiotics can help individuals maintain overall wellbeing.
Recognizing the importance of prebiotics to a balanced microflora in the gut, researchers at Deerland have developed an innovative prebiotic that supports the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut through a mechanism that is neither fiber nor starch-based. It’s called PreforPro®. Unlike other prebiotics, PreforPro does not require large doses to be effective (only 15mg), and does not cause gas. It functions in both the small and large intestines, and is not affected by varying gut environments. It works with a broad spectrum of probiotic species to give the digestive system an effective boost.
The good probiotic microorganisms we rely on compete with harmful bacteria in our gut that can steal essential nutrients our bodies would normally absorb. This unbalanced bacterial flora condition can result in a variety of gastrointestinal issues, including abdominal pain, indigestion, bloating, food allergies, and malnutrition. PreforPro supports the growth of the good bacteria so they can displace the bad and allow your body to thrive. Within hours of consumption, PreforPro goes to work on the undesirable bacteria in the gut by destabilizing the bacterial cell wall, releasing nutrients into the environment which can then be consumed by the good bacteria within the GI tract. Much like a gardener would prepare the soil before planting seeds to ensure they have the proper conditions to grow, PreforPro prepares the gut to ensure healthy bacteria have room to flourish. Lab testing has shown PreforPro promotes the growth of beneficial Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium and Bacillus subtilis bacterial strains when competing with undesirable E. coli bacteria.
PreforPro is a truly novel prebiotic ingredient that gives the probiotics living inside you a fighting chance. To learn more about PreforPro or other products, visit www.deerlandenzymes.com/preforpro.
John Davidson has been formulating enzyme based dietary supplements for more than 30 years, with a particular focus in human digestion. Davidson’s wide range of experience encompasses nearly all aspects of supplement manufacturing; including QC/QA, blending, encapsulation, tableting, research & development, product development and technical services. In his current role as the Director of Education and Innovation for Deerland Enzymes, Davidson is responsible for both new product innovation, collaborating with R&D and Sales to bring new products to market.