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.