What are the best Prebiotic Supplements?

#1 Recommendation – Prebiotin

One of the best prebiotic supplements is called Prebiotin Prebiotic Fibre.  Prebiotin actually comes in a number of different forms (e.g. there is one specifically designed to help weight management, one for heart health and yet another for bone health) so be sure you are getting the one called Prebiotin Prebiotic Fiber (see photo below).

So what makes Prebiotin special?

The Prebiotin Prebiotic Fiber formula contains Oligofructose-Enriched-Inulin, or OEI for short.  This is a mixture of inulin and oligofructose which, the creators suggest, provide a “synergy whereby the mixture of the two has been found to be more effective in producing beneficial results than either one by itself.”

OEI is a broad spectrum prebiotic as it acts in all areas of the colon.  Oligofructose is a small molecule and when it enters the colon, it is quickly fermented and used by the bacteria in the initial part of the large intestine, helping the good ones proliferate.  Because of it’s fast fermentation and usage, oligofructose and it’s fermentation products usually doesn’t reach too far along the colon, and that is where the inulin in the OEI comes in.  Inulin is a larger, more complex molecule that is harder for the bacteria to break down.  It therefore can travel the length of the large intestine, and feed the bacteria along it’s length.  Mixed together, inulin and oligofructose help feed the beneficial bacteria from the very start of the large intestine, and all the way along.

Prebiotin fiber is  free from fat, cholesterol, sodium and gluten.

Where to buy Prebiotin?

Although you can buy direct from the manufacturer of Prebiotin if you live in the US/Canada, I have found that the prices on Amazon.com are lower.  At the time of writing this, Prebiotin from the manufacturer costs $39.99 for a 60 day supply (8.5oz or 240g).  Click here to check out the price on Amazon.

Alternative Prebiotic – Pure Inulin

A lot of people like to take pure inulin as their prebiotic of choice, and inulin on it’s own is cheaper than the OEI mentioned above.  That’s fine too, though do take note of the main difference between inulin and an OEI prebiotic.  The oligofructose molecules in OEI are quickly fermented by bacteria high up the colon, and therefore the mixture of the two help bacteria along the entire length more efficiently that inulin alone.  If you are just looking for inulin, Amazon again have some great offers.

Check out the price of Organic Inulin on Amazon

About Andy

Most people are totally unaware that millions of bugs exist in our gut. Even more people don't realize that these bugs are vital to our health and represent out first line of defense against disease. Andy Williams has a Ph.D. in animal physiology, and a strong interest in health & vitality. This site showcases one of his interest - the gut microbiome, and how it affects our health.

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