What is Isomaltooligosaccharide?
Isomaltooligosaccharide (IMO) is a mixture of short-chain carbohydrates with digestion-resistant properties. Found naturally in some foods, Isomaltooligosaccharides are also manufactured commercially.
Benefits of Isomaltooligosaccharides
Isomaltooligosaccharide (IMO) has been shown to effectively increase numbers of Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli probiotics in the gut, by as much as 12-fold.
In a research study conducted on rats and mice, Isomaltooligosaccharide helped suppress the growth of undesirable Clostridium bacteria.
In a research study conducted on older men, Isomaltooligosaccharide was effective in relieving constipation.
Unlike some other prebiotics, Isomaltooligosaccharide is digested in the small intestine as well as in the large intestine (colon), suggesting it can “feed” probiotics throughout the intestinal tract.
Research has shown that Isomaltooligosaccharide can increase probiotic numbers fairly quickly—in as little as 12 days.
What is Acacia Gum?
Acacia gum (also known as gum arabic, arabic gum, gum acacia, acacia, Senegal gum and Indian gum, is derived from the hardened sap of acacia tree species. It is a complex mixture of glycoproteins and polysaccharides.
Benefits of Acacia Gum
Research has shown that supplementation with acacia gum increased Bifidobacteria levels by 7 times. In addition, there was a slight reduction in the number of subjects with higher counts of Clostridium perfringens, in those supplementing with acacia gum.
Multiple studies have demonstrated that acacia gum acts as a prebiotic, increasing the growth of desirable probiotic bacteria.Furthermore, it should be noted that, after a few days, no acacia gum is found in rat or human feces, meaning that acacia gum is totally broken down by colonic bacteria in the gut, and then fermented.[As it turns out, this probiotic function of acacia gum has a positive role to play regarding gut barrier function.
Research has demonstrated that acacia gum helped restore gut impermeability at a cellular level.
What are Xylooligosaccharides?
Xylooligosaccharides (XOS), polymers of the sugar xylose, are prebiotics known to have several health benefits.
Benefits of Xylooligosaccharides
The prebiotic, xylooligosaccharides, selectively feed beneficial bacteria such as bifidobacteria and lactobacilli within the digestive tract and have been shown to effectively increase Bifidobacteria counts
Supplementation with xylooligosaccharides has been shown to help promote healthy blood sugar and lipid levels already in a healthy range.
Xylooligosaccharides have been shown to to help relieve constipation in pregnant women without adverse effects.
What are Fructooligosaccharides?
Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) are, perhaps, the most well-known of the prebiotics commonly used as an alternative for sweetener. Occurring naturally, fructooligosaccharides emerged in commerical use in response to connsumer demand for healthier and calorie-reduced foods.
Benefits of Fructooligosaccharides
For a long time,fructooligosaccharides have been recognized for their considerable ability to effectively increase and promote Bifidobacteria, as well as the butyrate they produce, a short-chain fatty acid which is essential to the colon cells.
Fructooligosaccharides play an important role in relieving constipation.
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