What Are Prebiotic Supplements?
While probiotics add more beneficial bacteria to your gut, prebiotics comprise ingredients that feed your existing gut flora. Feeding your gut bacteria with prebiotic supplements helps to stimulate their growth, thereby improving overall balance and diversity of gut microflora.1 Most prebiotics comprise dietary fiber or oligosaccharides, a carbohydrate comprising several smaller simple sugars. Both of these are non-digestible foods, which ensures that they cannot be broken down in the stomach and small intestine. This allows them to stay relatively intact when they reach the large intestine, where most of the body’s microflora reside.2
Benefits of DrFormulas® Nexabiotic® Prebiotic Supplements
Gut Bacteria Composition
Prebiotics have been shown to improve gut bacteria composition, specifically influencing the growth and diversity of Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria strains. Lactobacilli are known to play a role in regulating inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract and supporting symptoms of diarrhea, constipation, and irritable bowel syndrome. Bifidobacteria play a similar role in the gastrointestinal tract with some studies associating low Bifidobacteria count with higher incidences of inflammation.3
Constipation is also associated with low levels of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium probiotics in the gut.7 It is also associated with low fiber intake. Prebiotic supplements like Nexabiotic® Organic Prebiotics are rich in fiber to help support bowel movements and support the growth of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria probiotics.
Fermentation of prebiotics produces certain metabolites that have been shown to contribute to health benefits. Short chain fatty acids are some of the most prominent of these metabolites. Studies suggest that short chain fatty acids shape the gut environment, reduce inflammation, and offer a preferred source of energy for muscles and intestinal microbiota.4
Immune System Defense
Immune system response and signaling is regulated in part by cells originating from the gastrointestinal tract. Metabolites produced during the fermentation of prebiotics are known to influence the immune system, though the exact mechanisms involved still require further study.3
Human and animal studies show that prebiotics have positive effects on the absorption and metabolism of minerals with improvements in bone composition and architecture.5
A systematic review on existing studies suggest that prebiotic supplements may have a positive effect in reducing the risk of developing allergies. When administered at a young age, prebiotic supplements have been shown to reduce the risk of eczema, asthma, and common food allergies, but more research is necessary.6
Lower Gut Inflammation
Prebiotics have been shown to improve intestinal barrier function while reducing inflammation and supporting tighter junctions, which may help to prevent or reduce symptoms of low-grade inflammation of the gut or “leaky gut syndrome”.3
Another benefit of lowering inflammation in the gut with prebiotic supplements is that it may support a healthy mood. Many studies have looked into the therapeutic effects of probiotics on mood disorders like anxiety and depression. One meta-study (study of multiple studies) that analyzed all these studies found evidence that probiotic supplements can reduce anxiety and depressive symptoms. The study found 5 randomized controlled trials that reached statistical significance relative to placebo control and other comparison conditions.8
In addition to taking probiotic supplements to support probiotic populations in the gut, existing probiotics in the gut can be nourished through the consumption of prebiotics.
Ingredients in DrFormulas Nexabiotic Prebiotic Supplements
Some of the components of our organic greens blend include:
- Alfalfa grass
- Barley grass
- Brussel sprouts
The organic fruit and vegetable blend includes:
- Tart cherry
DrFormulas® Nexabiotic® Organic Prebiotic Supplements contain a unique blend of organic fruits and vegetables, alkalized farm-fresh greens, and superfoods. It is made in the USA and is a nutritious, fiber-rich supplement that can support your gut health and general well-being.