The Goal Behind taking Probiotics and Prebiotics
Most people know that probiotics (good bacteria) consume prebiotics (plant fibres) and this combination creates benefits to human health. But few people stop and ask themselves, how do probiotics confer their benefits? and, ie: how do probiotics really work?
The answer is postbiotics; chemical compounds made by probiotic bacteria. When all is said and done, the creation of health generating postbiotics is the desired outcome behind taking prebiotics and probiotics in the first place!
Think chemical communication and chemical warfare. As single-celled organisms, probiotic bacteria have no teeth, arms, legs, or guns to fight off pathogens, and no vocal cords to communicate with other friendly bacteria or the immune system of their host. Postbiotics are their means of communication and defence.
Most researchers now believe probiotics are transitory and don’t tend to colonize the gut. This combined with the realization that postbiotics are the entire point behind taking pre and probiotics has been paradigm shifting. It has changed microbiome researchers approach away from taking high numbers of live bacteria and towards the direct use of postbiotics to achieve benefits. Most postbiotics are secreted outside the probiotic cell and researchers then “harvest” them for use. Even when the postbiotics are inside the probiotic bacteria, researchers will often first heat kill the probiotics and then harvest the postbiotics. In other words the supplements they’re using to gain benefits contain no living probiotics ; only nutritionally based postbiotics.
Most people are surprised when they learn this as we’ve all been trained to think the best “probiotics” need to contain high counts of good bacteria. Not true. It's not high numbers of probiotics that determine health but the quality of the postbiotics. And that’s determined by “feeding” the probiotics a diversity of plant based phytonutrients and allowing those nutrient building blocks to ferment for a long time.
Postbiotics are the step beyond prebiotics and probiotics. They’re the goal behind taking prebiotics and probiotics. While postbiotics are often called something like the “new frontier”, they’re actually the ancient natural science explaining how probiotics have always worked. Newer DNA technologies are only now just allowing microbiome researchers to gain a better understanding of them, and design supplements based on that understanding.
For more information see “How Postbiotics Work”, and “Creating Postbiotics: Raw Ingredients”
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New Beginnings® contains a blend of 7 carefully selected active bacterial cultures and 18 herbs. A unique, gentle, fermentation process yields this dynamic and complex mixture designed to remain viable and functional as it travels throughout the gastrointestinal tract.
New Beginnings® Ginger Probiotic
Our Ginger Enhanced Formula contains all the same 18 herbs and good bacteria, but the ginger levels are enhanced to create a “warming” formula.
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