Our interest in the human microbiome is now reaching a fever pitch. Consumers are getting used to the idea that their gut is populated by trillions of tiny living organisms that are not only important for digestive health, but also play a critical role in general wellness. As new science demonstrates more about the gut-brain axis, digestive health is now a powerhouse health category, with definitive ties to immune function, energy, athletic performance and brain and mood support.
But it’s not just about probiotics anymore. Prebiotics, those non-digestible carbohydrates that serve as a source of food for the “good” probiotic bacteria (think Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus) that we already hear so much about, are emerging as central to the equation and offer demonstrated independent health benefits of their own. With scientific studies on gut health expanding, prebiotics are proving to be far more than just a supporting player.
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