Gum Arabic’s Prebiotic PotentialIf you’re familiar with gum arabic, you probably know it’s used in the food and nutraceutical industry as an emulsifier. Beyond this, gum arabic contains a substantial amount of fiber and is even sold as a fiber supplement, typically marketed under the name “acacia fiber.” Dietary fiber, particularly from gum arabic, is a prebiotic and is essential for strengthening the population of good bacteria in your gut. A study from the British Journal of Nutrition showed supplementation with gum arabic increases good bacterial strains, most notably Bifidobacteria and Lactobaccili bacteria.  Probiotics get a lot of attention, but discussions about prebiotic supplements are few and far between.
Inulin: Another Good PrebioticInulin is one of the most popular prebiotic supplements on the market, and for good reason. Dietary inulin offers tremendous prebiotic potency.  Inulin is found in a variety of fruits and vegetables, making it an easier prebiotic to consume. Some of the higher quality probiotic supplements may also contain inulin.
Should You Take a Prebiotic Supplement?Probiotics are awesome but they're not the whole picture. They thrive when you give them what they want and need — prebiotics. While some people will certainly benefit from purchasing a prebiotic supplement, note that fiber found in raw vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds also display prebiotic potential.
Do you take prebiotics? What kind? Has it helped your digestion? Please let us know in the comments!
- Wim Calame, Antje R. Weseler, Christer Viebke, Cal Flynn, Andre Siemensma. Gum arabic stabilizes prebiotic functionality in healthy human volunteers in a dose-dependent manner. The British Journal of Nutrition. DOI: 10.1017/S0007114508981447.
- Joanne Slavin. Fiber and Prebiotics: Mechanisms and Health Benefits. Nutrients. 2013 Apr; 5(4): 1417-1435. doi: 10.3390/nu5041417.
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