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Probiotics, living microorganisms like yeasts and bacteria in our intestines, promote digestive health, support a healthy immune system, and can help reduce the unwanted effects of bloating, gas, or diarrhea. Prebiotics, on the other hand, employ the non-digestible fibers or starches commonly found in legumes, whole wheat foods, onions, cabbages, asparagus, and oatmeal to help probiotic microorganisms flourish. In addition, novel prebiotics, such as lactoferrin, almond lipids and bacteriophages are being identified. Synbiotics, supplements that combine probiotics and prebiotics in a powerful synergy, can maximize the beneficial effects of both.
Prebiotics Help Probiotics Survive and Thrive
Probiotic supplements contain live microorganisms that enhance health by improving the balance of microflora or microorganisms in the gastrointestinal tract. But to be effective, probiotics must survive the stomach’s acidic environment, as well as bile and pancreatic secretions into the small intestine. Once they survive, probiotics then compete for nutrients with harmful bacteria in the gut.
Prebiotic supplements help maintain digestive balance while supplying the required nutrition probiotics need to thrive. A prebiotic is defined as a non-digestible food ingredient that beneficially affects the host by selectively stimulating the growth and activity of a limited number of bacteria in the colon. This implies that each individual prebiotic may stimulate the growth and activity of some probiotics but not others. The key is careful selection of the appropriate prebiotic that improves the functionality of each probiotic.
Synbiotics Provide the Right Combination of Prebiotics and Probiotics
There is a right way to combine selected probiotics and prebiotics into an optimal product supplement that feeds the human biome. Many common fiber-based prebiotics have the unfortunate side effect of feeding both good and bad bacteria. In addition, they typically require massive doses to be effective – doses which won’t even fit into a single capsule – and may cause gas and digestive discomfort. An ideal synbiotic, on the other hand, should combine the correct prebiotics in the exact proportions necessary to maximize the desired beneficial health effects of specific probiotic strains by stimulating the growth and activating the metabolism of a limited number of health-promoting bacteria. In this way, synbiotic products improve the survival of live microbial supplements in the gastrointestinal tract. When the synergistic effect is optimized between prebiotics and probiotics, the beneficial effects of each are optimized.
Probiotics and Prebiotics Together Make a Dynamic Duo
Enzymes alone are good, enzymes plus probiotics are better, and enzymes, probiotics, and prebiotics together are best. Enzymes help drive the nutritional uptake of the food while the probiotics ensure a good digestive balance and flora. Deerland Probiotics & Enzymes developed the novel prebiotic, PreforPro, to further enhance the health benefits of these supplements. More than 20 studies have been performed to confirm the safety and efficacy of PreforPro in promoting the growth of a broad spectrum of probiotic species while crowding out undesirable bacteria.
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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 Probiotics & Enzymes, Davidson is responsible for both new product innovation, collaborating with R&D and Sales to bring new products to market.