What are Prebiotics? Are they as important as Probiotics?


In the quest for optimal gut health, two terms frequently pop up: prebiotics and probiotics. You might have come across these buzzwords, but what exactly are prebiotics, and how do they stack up against their well-known counterparts, probiotics? Understanding the importance and roles of prebiotics and probiotics can shed light on the fascinating world of gut health and pave the way for a healthier you.


What is the difference between prebiotics and probiotics?

While "probiotic" and "prebiotic" sound very similar, they function very differently.

- A probiotic is a live microorganism that is good for our body, especially the digestive system.

- A prebiotic, on the other hand, is defined as “a substrate that is selectively utilized by host microorganisms conferring a health benefit.”

What does that mean in plain English? Well, it means that prebiotics are a source of food for the healthy probiotics already living in your gut. Therefore, it's crucial to provide the prebiotics that good bacteria need to flourish when caring for your gut.


SunfiberTM – World’s Most Researched Soluble Prebiotic Fiber

SunfiberTM, also known as partially hydrolyzed guar gum (PHGG) is a 100% water soluble, galactomannan-based dietary prebiotic fiber derived from the Indian guar bean (Cyamopsis tetragonoloba). It is tasteless, odorless, gluten-free, and non-GMO.

Unlike most fibers which typically cause side effects such as excess gas, bloating, cramping or loose stools, SunfiberTM is low FODMAP**, which makes it gentle on the gastrointestinal system and does not cause bloating or discomfort associated with high FODMAP foods.

**FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligo-Di-Mono-saccharides And Polyols. FODMAPs are types of carbohydrates that can cause uncomfortable symptoms, like bloating, gas, and bowel movement changes in those with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).


Health benefits of SunfiberTM:

1. Promotes Digestive Health

Sunfiber is known for its ability to promote regular bowel movements, relieve occasional constipation, and support overall digestive health. It improves stool consistency, helps food to move through the digestive tract at the right pace, and regulates bowel movements for a more comfortable and consistent digestive experience.


Promotes Digestive Health


2. Promotes Healthy Gut Flora

Sunfiber acts as a prebiotic fiber, meaning it serves as a food source for beneficial gut bacteria. By nourishing these friendly bacteria, Sunfiber helps maintain a healthy balance of gut flora, supporting optimal digestive function and overall gut health.


Promotes Healthy Gut Flora


3. Reduces Bloating and Gas

Sunfiber can help alleviate bloating and gas by promoting regular bowel movements and reducing the fermentation of undigested food in the gut. This can lead to a decrease in discomfort and a flatter, more comfortable abdomen.


Reduces Bloating and Gas


4. Weight Management Support

Sunfiber's ability to create a feeling of fullness can aid in weight management efforts. By promoting satiety and reducing overeating or snacking between meals, Sunfiber can be a helpful tool in maintaining a healthy weight..


Weight Management Support


5. Support Healthy Blood Glucose Levels

Sunfiber has a low glycemic index and does not cause significant spikes in blood sugar levels. This makes it suitable for individuals managing their blood glucose levels, as it helps stabilize blood sugar and supports overall blood sugar regulation.


Support Healthy Blood Glucose Levels


6. Support Nutrient Absorption

Sunfiber aids in the absorption of essential nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, by promoting healthy digestion and gut function. This ensures that the body can effectively utilize the nutrients from food, supporting overall nutrient status and well-being.


Support Nutrient Absorption


You may like to consider the below products:

LABO Nutrition Bioactive Organic Fiber

Formulated with Sunfiber™, the world’s most researched soluble fiber, Bioactive Organic Fiber is a true regulating, all-natural fiber that restores healthy gut flora, supports digestive balance, reduces glycemic index of food and supports healthy weight management, without the common side effects associated with most fibers - fiber-associated digestive discomforts, excess gas, bloating, diarrhea and cramping.

Affirmed as GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe), this low FODMAP fiber is highly safe for daily consumption. This 100% gluten-free fiber is certified Kosher, Halal, vegetarian, non-GMO, and qualified as an Organic material. In addition, it is 100% water-soluble, tasteless, odorless, colorless and resistant to high temperatures. Hence, it can be conveniently added to recipes during cooking and baking, or added to any drinks and foods without altering taste and color of the food.


LABO Nutrition FiberGG

FiberGG is a synbiotic supplement formulated with a functional dose of 10 billion active Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG and 7g Sunfiber™ prebiotic dietary fiber. Combining the synergistic benefits of both, FiberGG is beneficial to gastrointestinal, digestive and immune health, while helping to normalize blood glucose and cholesterol levels, support healthy weight management and overall wellness.


LABO Nutrition FLORAGENESIS Ultra-Wellness

FloraGenesis Ultra-Wellness is a high-strength, research-proven formula with 50 billion live probiotics. Containing 15 diverse strains of probiotics including 10 billion FloraGG probiotic (Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG), bifido-bacterium strains, probiotic yeast, spore-forming probiotics and other strains for a spectrum of health benefits, Ultra-Wellness is fortified with 5g SunfiberTM prebiotic dietary fiber and features a targeted delivery system - a patented 5-layer microencapsulation which protects the probiotics against heat, stomach acid and intestinal bile for maximal delivery and efficacy.

SunfiberTM is a prebiotic fiber that increases the number of good bacteria - Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus - in the gut to promote healthy gut flora. Fermentation of SunfiberTM by the gut bacteria in the colon results in the production of short-chain fatty acids, which provides energy for the cells lining the colon, suppresses the growth of bad bacteria in the gut, promotes calcium absorption, and reduces appetite.