Prebiotics

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Examples of Prebiotics – Natural Sources

Prebiotic foods are plant-based. So vegans and vegetarians are likely to already be getting enough of this valuable form of natural fiber.

Some good prebiotic foods include:

  • Bananas
  • Chicory
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Onions
  • Leeks
  • Garlic
  • Jerusalem artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Whole wheat products
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Barley

Target mechanism of prebiotic action is explained in the figure below.

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Prebiotics dietary food ingredients that help to nourish the gut microflora; they can be added to one’s diet naturally from different foods or they can be introduced through dietary supplements such as DigestShield.

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Prebiotic Benefits

Prebiotics can support good health in numerous ways.

Some examples include:

  • Improves nutrient absorption
  • Reduces levels of potentially pathogenic bacteria
  • Increases the metabolism
  • Promotes fat loss
  • Increases energy
  • Improves immune function
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Supports healthy bowel action

It’s also important to remember the foods that provide prebiotics are generally a good source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other nutrients. They are not solely prebiotic fiber. The fiber is what is left when all the other nutrients have been digested. Prebiotic food also tends to be very low in fat.

In short, the foods that provide prebiotic fiber tend to be healthy options that can support good health in many ways. They do much more than feed probiotic bacteria so it’s important not to underestimate their value or sell them short.

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Combination of prebiotics and probiotics strains for treatment of various disorders

Probiotic strain and prebiotic used Disorder References

Saccharomyces boulardii

Lactobacillus acidophilus

Diarrhea Hempel et al. (2012); Hasle (2018)

Bifidobacterium bifidum

 

SHORT-chain fructo-oligosaccharides

Galacto-oligosaccharides

IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome) Guglielmetti et al. (2011); Ford et al. (2014)

Bifidobacterium lactis, Bifidobacteriumbifidum, Streptococcus thermophiles, Lactobacillus acidophilus, and Bifidobacterium longum

Lactulose

Fructo-oligosaccharide (FOS) and Lactobacillusparacasei, L. Rhamnosus, Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium lactis

Functional constipation Waitzberg et al. (2013); Yeun and Lee (2015)

Lactobacillus casei

Rifaximin and other fibers

Uncomplicated symptomatic diverticular disease Tursi et al. (2013); Rezapour et al. (2018)

“At Performance Medicine, my patients improve significantly when they start eating a healthier diet and take DigestShield®.” – Tom Rogers, MD

DigestShield® contains 20 digestive enzymes to break food into small bits that the body uses as building blocks for our cells and for energy. The 11 probiotics re-tune the gut microbiome and the 5 prebiotics feed the probiotics and support the good bacteria.

Order your DigestShield® today.

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