You Have Heard About Probiotics But Do You Know What Prebiotics Are?

When looking at the words prebiotic and probiotic they look very similar, only containing one different letter. They also have similar benefits as their jobs are to improve overall health by starting with digestive health. According to Dr. Shekhar Challa, author of Probiotics for Dummies, and creator of the first Probiotic video game – microwarriorsvideogame.com, probiotics mean “for life.” Probiotics are the good bacteria. Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients, like inulin, that stimulate the growth and/or activity of bacteria in the digestive system in ways believed to be beneficial to health and are not consumed by the bad bacteria. Essentially Prebiotics act as food or fuel to Probiotics. Probiotics and Prebiotics worktogether to maintain gut health.

Prebiotic fiber is not affected by heat, cold, acid or time, yet probiotics can be killed by heat, acid or passage of time. Prebiotics nourish the thousands of good bacterial species already living in the colon. Probiotics contain species of bacteria which are added to the colon when ingested.

Probiotics are the beneficial organisms, prebiotics help probiotic bacteria grow and flourish. Prebiotics and probiotics working together are called synbiotics. Now we can understand that prebiotics are the support team to probiotics which maintain our gut health. When Prebiotics and Probiotics are available in the same product it is called a synbiotic. Probulin is a classic example of a synbiotic.

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Probiotics & Autism

Do you know someone with autism?  You probably answered yes to this question because the number of children with autism in the United States continues to rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1 in 88 American children has autism, when a decade ago the estimate was about 1 in every 150 children.  This is a 78% increase over 10 years.

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Moises Valsquez-Monoff, author of a recent editorial in the New York Times says it all has to do with inflammation and the immune system during pregnancy. While the woman is pregnant, inflammatory antibodies which are designed to fight off invading organisms, seem to damage the babies’ brain development in a way that leads to behavioral problems that are consistent with autism.

In today’s world, our immune systems have come unhinged, which has given rise to high rates of autoimmune diseases and allergies that are linked to autism. There has been growing interest in the use of probiotics as a natural way to restore the balance of good bacteria in the gut. Studies have shown parents of autistic children reporting vast improvements in behavior with the use of probiotic supplements. Adding probiotics to their diet improves their digestion which then may improve behavior. 

For more information about Probiotics & Autism visit: http://www.livestrong.com/article/506184-probiotics-and-autism/

 

Note: contact your pediatrician or family physician before giving your child probiotic supplements.

 

Always Go With Your Gut,

The Probulin Team

Probiotics Keep You Healthy!

It’s that time of year when you feel as if someone around you is always sick. From snot-dripping co-workers to vomiting kids to coughs that sound like you’re surrounded by seals. Thankfully, probiotics are well-studied for their immune properties and and you’ll certainly be glad of that right now.

And employers, take heart! Studies have shown that people miss less time from work when they’re taking probiotics (one of our earlier blogs highlighted a study that showed the same thing in a daycare setting). A 2005 study in Sweden looked at 181 adults to see if taking probiotics could reduce workplace absences. With a test and placebo group (in other words, the participants didn’t know if they were getting probiotics or a substitute), the study found that workers taking L. reuteri probiotics had fewer absenteeisms (10.6% number of workers absent versus 26.4% in the placebo group) and a lower frequency of sick days.

Now if that doesn’t make you sit up and throw away the Kleenex, I don’t know what will!

Go with your gut,

Probulin Team