How is PreforPro different from other prebiotics?
Prebiotics are often fibers or starches (e.g., oligosaccharides) that have been shown to be beneficial; however, these can have some drawbacks, including:
- They require large dosages to be effective
- They can cause flatulence
- They are sensitive to the nutrients present in their specific environment
- They only work in the colon
The prebiotic mechanism of action in PreforPro is a bacteriophage (phage). Unlike fiber or starch-based prebiotics, PreforPro does not require large doses to be effective, and does not cause gas. It functions in both the small and large intestines, and is not affected by the competing nutrients of varying gut environments. It works with a broad spectrum of probiotic species to give the digestive system an effective boost. Within hours of consumption, PreforPro goes to work on the undesirable bacteria in the gut by destabilizing the bacterial cell wall, releasing nutrients into the environment which can then be consumed by the good bacteria within the GI tract. PreforPro’s innovative mechanism of action is patented for use as a prebiotic.
PreforPro provides a significant growth advantage for B. longum over inulin.
Bifidobacteria longum colony counts after 48 hours under physiological conditions when competing with E. coli, with the prebiotic inulin (5 grams) compared to PreforPro (15 mg).