Probiotics has been a bit of a health-conscious “buzz” word the past few years. We know that probiotics are the good bacteria that allow your digestive system to function properly but what exactly are prebiotics? While probiotics and prebiotics certainly sound similar, they do have fairly unique differences.
Namely, prebiotics actually feed probiotics.
One of the best ways to look at it is to think of your gut as a garden, where the probiotics are the seed and the prebiotics the fertilizer. Essentially, prebiotics are dietary fibers, a type of fiber that nourishes the good bacteria (probiotics) in our digestive system allowing them to thrive.
In addition to feeding the good bacteria in our digestive system we need prebiotics to help with calcium absorption, regulate blood sugar levels, ferment food faster in order to stay regular, boost our immune system, and keep the cells in our digestive system healthy.
Difference between Probiotics and Prebiotics
|Feed the good bacteria in your digestive system||Living good bacteria in your digestive system|
|Make the action of probiotics in your digestive system more effective||Help fight the harmful bacteria in your digestive system|
|Can be found in: artichokes, asparagus, bananas, barley, berries, chicory, garlic, green vegetables, legumes, oats, onions, tomatoes, soybeans, wheat and vibi+®||Can be found naturally in fermented foods such as: kimchi, kombucha and yogurt|
Our vibi+® beverages combine prebiotics + vitamins + hydration in a delicious way to introduce prebiotics to your daily routine, getting you on the path of feeling good.
Consult your health care provider before making any strict changes to your diet.
Slavin, Joanne. “Fiber and Prebiotics: Mechanisms and Health Benefits.” Nutrients. U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, Apr. 2013. Web. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3705355/.