One of the most common questions we get here at MediKane is about the difference between prebiotic and probiotic. Since NutriKane D is a prebiotic, people always wonder whether it is better than a probiotic supplement. The purpose of this blog is to finally put these questions to rest.
Before we begin, it is important to start off with a simple definition of both:
- Probiotics are live bacteria that contribute to your wellbeing.
- Prebiotics are anything that feeds the beneficial bacteria in the gut (Like NutriKane D)
Although both contribute to good health, it is important to point out that taking prebiotics have been medically proven to benefit your overall health, while the evidence for taking probiotic supplements are not yet proven. Research has shown some promising results for probiotic supplementation in specific circumstances, but overall it is still being conducted to prove what positive contribution probiotic supplements have on the body in general.
It is also important to note the differences between prebiotics and probiotics after you ingest them. Probiotics are very fragile. Only a fraction of the probiotics swallowed will make it to the large intestine. Heat, stomach acid and time can kill them, which means by the time they reach the gut they are no longer useful. Throughout the gut, probiotics must compete with over 4000 bacteria species already found.
Prebiotics however feed the good bacteria already in the gut. They are not negatively affected by heat and stomach acid and may be helpful for several chronic digestive disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease. It is also worth remembering that prebiotics will also feed the probiotic bacteria. One of the possible reasons that probiotics are not effective is that after taking them you still don’t have the food they need to survive. So, if you do think a probiotic is helping it will almost certainly work better if you take some form of prebiotic at the same time.
When it comes to comparing prebiotics and probiotics, prebiotics come out on top. Where probiotics have a difficult time making it the full length of the gastrointestinal tract, prebiotics don’t as they are digested by the gut bacteria. Probiotics are essentially unnecessary for healthy individuals who consistently take prebiotics.
The key thing with prebiotics is to take them consistently. When you ingest prebiotics, they feed the good bacteria in the gut. In order to keep your microbiome healthy, you must feed them regularly. Like humans, microbes need a consistent supply of food to be able to multiply and improve your overall wellbeing.
But even prebiotics are not created equal. In order for a prebiotic to be truly effective, it has to have different types of fibre and the micronutrients that both us and our microbiome need to thrive. While taking a “prebiotic supplement” is better than not taking anything. Nothing beats whole complex foods. This is where NutriKane D becomes relevant. NutriKane D is an all-natural prebiotic, made from carefully selected foods to have proven benefits. It is most effective when taken twice a day to properly feed the microbes in your gut. When you feed the good bacteria in the gut, it has many benefits that include things like assisting with weight loss and lowering blood sugar levels. NutriKane D has been proven to feed good bacteria throughout the gut, and can be an important tool for you and your overall wellbeing.
The rates of people with diabetes is rapidly rising, with a suspected 3.9 million Australians being personally affected by Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes (1.2m diagnosed, 1.7m undiagnosed). One of the reasons that NutriKane D works in so many cases is that it lowers the GI of foods when you take it with a meal. This characteristic is highly beneficial for those affected by diabetes, or who wish to lose weight, as it helps people manage their blood sugar levels effectively.
The glycaemic index (or GI) is a ranking of carbohydrates on a scale from 0 to 100 according to the extent they raise blood sugar levels after eating (compared to pure glucose). Meals with high GI are foods that are digested, absorbed and metabolise at a faster pace, resulting in blood glucose highs and lows. High G.I. foods are a problem for people with diabetes as they cause large fluctuations in their blood sugar levels after eating. Foods with low GI are foods that result in smaller fluctuations in blood sugar levels.
Having a diet containing generally low GI foods is one key for your long-term health, partially by reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Foods with a GI of 55 and below are considered low GI foods. Being a diabetic with a diet predominantly consisting of low GI foods is beneficial, as your blood sugar levels are more easily controlled. It is important to have a diet consisting of moderate amounts of low GI carbohydrate foods regularly over the day to keep blood sugar levels consistent. Foods such as milk (reduced or low fat varieties), bread (wholegrain, fruit loaf & sourdough), grains, legumes, fruit and vegetables are the most beneficial to those wanting to have a diet consisting of low Gi foods. Low GI foods also make you feel fuller, faster, which can help you manage or lose weight.
As discussed in previous blogs, one of NutriKane D’s features is that it releases its nutrients slowly as the fibre is digested. This means that the important micronutrients reach the entire intestinal tract, unlike highly processed foods that only feed bacteria in the beginning of the gut. This is partly why NutriKane lowers the glycaemic index of foods, as well as improving nutritional outcomes. Unlike most fibre supplements, NutriKane D significantly lowers the GI of foods even if it is drunk separately and not incorporated with the meal. During our 6 years of research on NutriKane D, we conducted experiments on most types of foods and showed that the GI of every food we tested is lowered when eaten with a glass of NutriKane.
Here are two example tests for consuming NutriKane with food. On the left NutriKane is added directly to fruit juice. The Controls (blue lines) are glucose (for measuring the GI result) and juice on its own. Yellow is juice plus a popular fibre supplement. Even with a double dose you can see that the GI is not significantly affected. Green on the other hand is Juice plus NutriKane a much better response. On the right is eating white toast (dark blue) and eating white toast with a glass of NutriKane (light blue).
NutriKane D is a natural product that has helped change the lives of countless people around the world. From lowering blood sugar levels to losing weight, people use NutriKane D for many different reasons, and have great successes. We are often asked “what is the one thing that makes NutriKane D special?” We cannot answer that. The basic premise of directed nutrition is that there isn’t one ‘special feature,’ rather many factors combine to give a large overall benefit (unlike simple supplements that even if they work have only a small benefit in one area). However, here are a few of the key features to help consumers understand the different benefits they will feel if they take NutriKane D. They are:
- Slow release - Because NutriKane D is a complex food, the nutrients are slowly released along the entire digestive tract. This means that NutriKane D feeds the good bacteria throughout the entire gut. Highly processed foods are absorbed very quickly and only feed the bacteria in the beginning of the gut. This leaves half the gut overfed and the other half underfed.
- True prebiotic - A true prebiotic feeds the good bacteria in the gut, maintains a good balance in intestinal microbial populations, and reduces the inflammatory components. Simple prebiotics, such as fibre supplements and oligosaccharides, only feed one or two types of good bacteria. This could lead to an overpopulation of these types of bacteria. Even if it is considered a “positive” bacteria, an overpopulation in one type of bacteria reduces diversity, which is essential for overall health. NutriKane D is a true prebiotic that feeds a large variety of bacteria in the gut.
- Contains wide varieties of micronutrients in useable forms - Supplements such as vitamin tablets are not as effective as foods because they supply the body too much of that vitamin, and lack all of the co-factors necessary for the body to utilise them. Even though vitamins are essential for good health, too much sends feedback to the body that can have a negative impact. NutriKane D is a complex food and contains different micronutrients at physiological levels. By having lower levels of different micronutrients, the body is absorbing what it needs in the right amount. The nutrients are also bound to the fibre so they slowly release over time, as the bacteria break the fibre down. There is a different, yet positive, physiological response if released over time.
- Contains soluble and insoluble fibre, as well as resistant starch - NutriKane D contains a mixture of soluble and insoluble fibre, as well as resistant starch in the ratios that are found in vegetables. Fibre supplements tend to be only one type of fibre and so only provide a part of what your body needs. Insoluble fibre is fibre not used by us or the gut, so there is something to physically pass through the whole length of the gut. The gut is designed to have the top layer scraped off and insoluble fibre is what does this. Highly processed foods do not tend to do this, which has been shown to lead to a higher risk of bowel cancer and other gut related diseases.
- 5 anti-inflammatory - Inflammation is a localised physical condition that causes pain throughout your body. For example, arthritis pain is inflammation. NutriKane D contains many naturally occurring anti-inflammatory agents. Because of the varied nature of the antioxidants in NutriKane D, the anti-inflammatory benefits are 3 fold. Firstly, we directly use the antioxidants to reduce inflammation and damage. Secondly, positive bacteria uses the antioxidants as food and as energy. For many of the benefits, the bacteria need to eat the micronutrients first, and we use what the bacteria make from the antioxidants. Finally, NutriKane D reduces the bacteria that cause inflammation. All three together effectively treat the causes of inflammation.
NutriKane D is made from high quality natural foods. These foods are selected from suppliers that have minimal processing and use high quality plant sources in order to be more effective. Because foods are variable, wetest each batch to be allergen and chemical free and ensure that NutriKane D contains the essential active ingredients. We pride ourselves on these standards so NutriKane D can be the most effective and the most rewarding product on the market.
There are 10 times as many bacterial cells than human cells in our bodies and a large percentage of those live in our gut. Over the last few years we have come to realise that everything to do with our health from diabetes to depression is as much about our microbes as it is about us, yet there are things that we expose ourselves to that destroy our gut health every day. A gut with a greater variety of bacteria is a healthy one, but the following five points are things that we do every day that lowers the variety of gut bacteria, and in turn, hurt our overall health;
- Alcohol: Alcohol is usually metabolised in the liver. By drinking too much alcohol, your liver will become strained. If this happens, it affects the effectiveness of the digestive system, whilst also damaging the digestive tract.
- Processed Foods: To put it simply, overeating of high-processed foods results in a less diverse gut as it only feeds the bacteria in the first part of the gastrointestinal tract. Fresh, high fibre food is needed to improve the amount of good bacteria in your gut.
- Smoking: Nicotine and all of those tars are certainly bad for your lungs but the small amounts you swallow also kill off the bacteria in your gut – after all nicotine is what tobacco uses to kill potential invaders.
- Antibiotics: When these drugs are taken, they are not particular when it comes to which bugs and bacteria are killed. While it is great that they get rid of disease, they kill both bad and good bacteria indiscriminately. It is important to have foods that compliment your gut and improve gut health after taking antibiotics.
- Lack of sleep and stress: Sleep is the time where your body re-energises for the next day. Stress on the other hand, results in inflammation and negative feedback to the gut. It is important to our health that we get enough sleep and take the time to relieve our stress. Having less than enough sleep a night deprives us of the optimum sleep cycle to repair the gut tissue.
But there are things that you can do to help even if you are guilty of these things. By feeding your gut with good (prebiotic) foods you can boost the good bacteria and improve gut health. This is where NutriKane D comes in! NutriKane D is a broad spectrum prebiotic that is essential to feed different types of good bacteria in the gut. This not only supplies us with essential nutrition, but also increases the types of microbiota in the gut. NutriKane D also has insoluble fibre that stimulates the full length of the gastrointestinal tract.
For more information about how NutriKane D can help the body in other ways, check out our blog on how NutriKane D works here: https://nutrikane.com.au/blogs/blog/what-is-directed-nutrition-and-how-does-nutrikane-work.
Recently, we have been getting more and more questions about what we are doing to help preserve the environment, particularly to do with the packaging of our product NutriKane D. Although we hope to revolutionise the healthcare system of Australia, it is very important we also do our part in helping the environment. Initially, NutriKane D was produced and packed in bags. Being light and low density, we ran into problems with consumers; people weren’t getting the right dose amount with every scoop. This became a problem as people were either having too much or little of the product. This inspired the idea to have each serve come in an easy to use sachet.
Every box of NutriKane D comes with 28 sachets, and does not in bulk form. All NutriKane sachets are made from layers of PET, foil, and LLDPE. All of these materials are recyclable, while maintaining a high barrier to maintain product stability & efficacy.
- PET - Polyethylene Terephthalate, known commonly as PET or PETE is best known as the clear plastic used for water and soda bottle containers. As a raw material, PET is globally recognized as a safe, non-toxic, strong, lightweight, flexible material that is 100% recyclable. Recycling number 1.
- Foil - Aluminium Foil – Clean (unspoiled by food), intact foil is recyclable.
- LLDPE – Linear Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) is 100% recyclable. Recycling number 4.
We are always looking at better ways to improve the brand, whether it be the product itself, or the packaging it came in.
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