CLEVELANDNew research revealed by Ganeden Biotech demonstrates taking its GanedenBC30 probiotic ingredient with prebiotics offers more benefits than taking prebiotics alone. (The Official Journal of the Anaerobe Society of the Americas. 2014, Dec; Online. DOI: 10.1016/j.anaerobe.2014.09.002)
Prebiotics are specialized plant fibers that beneficially nourish good bacteria, and they are a source of food for the healthy bacterial species that reside within the intestinal tract. Common prebiotics include FOS (fructooligosaccharides), GOS (galactooligosaccharides) and inulin (chicory root or agave).
Prebiotics have been shown to increase healthy bacterial species such as lactobacilli and bifidobacteria. In this study, conducted by Glenn Gibson, professor at the University of Reading, England, bacterial flora changes were analyzed with prebiotics alone, as well as with prebiotics plus GanedenBC30. While there were increases in lactobacilli and bifidobacteria in both cases, there were additional increases in other good bacterial strains (such as Faecalibacterium prausnitzii and important bacteria for intestinal health) when consumed along with GanedenBC30. In addition, prebiotic activity was increased when consumed with GanedenBC30, as measured by an increase in short chain fatty acids, which are important components for intestinal health.
“This study is exciting, as it lays the groundwork for continuing our research into the combined benefits of GanedenBC30 and prebiotics." said David Keller, vice presidents of scientific operations at Ganeden Biotech. “We are well aware of both the benefits of GanedenBC30 and the benefits of prebiotics separately, but now we have data showing increased digestive benefits of consuming them together."
Numerous studies illustrate a variety of benefits attributed to probiotics, and research on these helpful gut bacteria is continually expanding to new and exciting areas of health. For more information, check out INSIDER’s Probiotics Digital Pulse.