The Science Behind Digestive Health

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What is the difference between probiotics and prebiotics? All the noise is about probiotics!

They are both essential for good gut health, BUT if you take too many probiotics without having enough prebiotics you can damage your health. If you have a full balanced diet then you may be getting enough prebiotics but as you will read in the research articles, having enough prebiotics is essential for a healthy gut and that leads to a more healthy body and mind.

For probiotics to be useful they must have enough prebiotics to live on.

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Prebiotics are fibres that feed the healthy gut bacteria and are important in maintaining a balanced gut. They lay the groundwork for the probiotics to flourish.

It is important to nourish the good bacteria in your gut with plenty of prebiotics. They are broken down by the good bacteria into short chain fatty acids (SCFA’s). The SCFA’s help keep the lining of the gut healthy which has been linked with a lessening of inflammation, supports the absorption of nutrients from your food, supports immunity, better mood and can have a favourable impact on colon cancer.

NZ blackcurrants are full of prebiotics for a balanced digestive health.

Research Links:

Evaluation of the effect of Blackcurrant Products on Gut Microbiota and on Markers of Risk for Colon Cancer in Humans Read More
Radical scavenging activity of black currant (Ribes nigrum L.) extract and its inhibitory effect on gastric cancer cell proliferation via induction of apoptosis Read More
In vitro studies of modulation of pathogenic and probiotic bacterial proliferation and adhesion to intestinal cells by blackcurrant juices Read More
Imbalance of kids' gut microbiome may play role in autism symptom development Read More
Contribution of anthocyanin-rich foods in obesity control through gut microbiota interactions Read More
Berries modify the postprandial plasma glucose response to sucrose in healthy subjects Read More
Postprandial glucose, insulin and glucagon-like peptide 1 responses to sucrose ingested with berries in healthy subjects Read More
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