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This is Asia’s first ever triple action, complete biotics system which includes prebiotics, probiotics, postbiotics, fibres, for the best optimum health of your gut system. You have heard the thousands and one benefits of probiotics and prebiotics. But have you heard of postbiotics?
Before we continue, here’s a quick gut health refresher. Probiotics are live microorganisms (typically bacteria or yeast) that benefit the body by boosting the immune system, reducing inflammation, helping with digestion, and improving mood. They live in your gut, but there are also foods that contain probiotics, such as yogurt, pickled veggies, and miso. (You can obviously also find them in supplement form.)
Prebiotics, meanwhile, feed the good bacteria in your gut. They acts as fuel, or energy, for your bacteria. It helps bring back the good guys as quickly as possible. Some of the most common include beta glucans (found in oats, barley, wheat and rye), psyllium, acacia powder, and wheat dextrin.
The thing to know about probiotics is that they don’t stick around. They don’t colonize the gut permanently, this is where postbiotics come in. This is a relatively new term, hence why you may not have heard it before. The term is used to describe functional bioactive compounds, generated in a matrix during fermentation, which may be used to promote health. According to International Journal of Molecular Sciences (IJMS) article definition: Postbiotics are essentially the byproducts of probiotics. They eat food, it ferments in the gut, and voilà, you have postbiotics.
Related to prebiotics and probiotics, postbiotics are essentially the endgame goal of all your gut health efforts. When you take prebiotics or probiotics, people don’t realize that at the end of the day, the hope is to get some postbiotics. The entire point is about postbiotics. In short:
Gut health in a nutshell: Prebiotic + Probiotic = Postbiotic
What this means is that when you feed the good bacteria that live in your colon, that bacteria will turn around and reward you with a gift. And that gift is postbiotics. Unlike pre- and probiotics, postbiotics aren’t something you can consume in food or supplement form; it describes what happens when the two combine and produces compounds that are beneficial for your health.
There are a lot of different kinds of postbiotics; what is created depends on what exactly your gut bacteria have been eating. For example, our YourGutt Pre + Probiotics with Beta Glucan contains Bifidobacterium longum (B.longum). Certain strains of Bifidobacterium longum produces acetate (promotes wound heal, promoting healthy skin, reducing inflammation), lactic acid (improve digestive system) and and folate (needed to make red and white blood cells in the bone marrow, convert carbohydrates into energy, and produce DNA and RNA).
What are the potential benefits of postbiotics?
1. Postbiotics can help with digestion
Your gut has a strong wall that is semi-permeable that allows only certain nutrients to pass through the way. Intestinal permeability is a term describing the control of material passing from inside the gastrointestinal tract through the cells lining the gut wall, into the rest of the body. The intestine normally exhibits some permeability, which allows nutrients to pass through the gut, while also maintaining a barrier function to keep potentially harmful substances such as antigens from leaving the intestine and migrating to the body more widely.
The permeability of the wall could become weak and increase the permeability of the intestine. This can trigger inflammation in the body. These symptoms are also well known as leaky gut. One postbiotic, butyrate, can help reverse the effects. Butyrate is a short-chain fatty acid, which is produced when you consume soluble fiber. That soluble fiber gets metabolized and consumed by the healthy bacteria inside of you to produce butyrate. Then, butyrate helps heal your colon.
2. Postbiotics may help lower inflammation
According to one study published in the journal Clinics in Perinatology, prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics are all connected to lowering inflammation throughout the body by helping to restore the good bacteria population in the gut. It should be noted that this specific study focused on these compounds for helping prevent or treat an intestinal disease common in prenatal babies.
3. They may help boost the immune system
One study found a connection between postbiotics and a stronger immune system, particularly in infants. This is not too surprising as, after all, a direct link between gut health and immunity has long been established.
4. Postbiotics may help prevent type 2 diabetes
Postbiotics specifically Muramyl dipeptide, a type of peptide created by probiotics, have also been found to be successful in preventing diabetes in an animal study. Researchers explain that having gut bacteria chronically out of balance can contribute to someone becoming insulin resistant, and pre-diabetic. Postbiotics, meanwhile, appear to help insulin work more effectively, bringing balance and stopping the development of diabetes.
Okay, how can you ensure you’re producing enough postbiotics?
Maximizing your postbiotics requires feeding your body’s probiotics with a variety of prebiotics. How to do that, you ask? By eating more fiber, aka the best source of prebiotics there is. In addition, here at B4 It Happens, we have worked with various teams of Nutritionist and health professionals to create the perfect formulation for optimal gut health to be more easy for you to consume. YourGutt Pre + Probiotics with Beta Glucan is formulated to help you to get the perfect balance of prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics in your system. Just tear a sachet, and consume directly, it’s that easy!