What are Vegan Probiotics and how do they work?
Gut health is all-the-rage right now, and rightfully so.
Did you know, 90% of your immune system starts in the gut? Well, if you didn’t, now you’ll know why it’s so important to look after your gut health.
One way to ensure your gut is fighting fit, is to use probiotic supplements, but what are they?
In short, a probiotic is an external supply of certain types of good bacteria. These good bacteria help to stimulate the gut’s function, and help give it an initial ‘boost’.
The Aguulp Probiotic is a prebiotic and probiotic supplement with 50 billion friendly bacteria (you’re very unlikely to find a similar product with this high level…just saying), aiming to help rebuild your gut health
Explained: Probiotics are live bacteria that are introduced to the body for their beneficial qualities. Whilst you can use food-form probiotics too for their ability to populate the communities of good bacteria within the digestive tract, Probiotics can be taken in supplemental form, such as our Aguulp Probiotic Supplement.
- These provide an external supply of certain types of good bacteria, those particularly associated with certain specific health benefits and also which are considered major strains of good bacteria in the body.
- They therefore only directly support the levels of the particular types of good bacteria they provide.
- However, they may help indirectly support the levels of good bacteria as a whole due to supporting butyrate production (remember, this acts as an energy source for many types of good bacteria).
What is probiotic bacteria?
Species and strains of Probiotics…
Probiotics are named by their genus, species, and strain, kind of like a first, middle and last name. It’s good to aim for a varied combination.
The most commonly used species are Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus.
Bifidobacteria help support the immune system, limit growth of pathogenic bacteria and break down lactose into nutrients the body needs.
Lactobacillus helps limit the growth of pathogenic bacteria and produces lactic acid which serves as fuel for muscles and increases the absorption of minerals.
Our Synbiotic contains Bifidobacteria Lactobacillus and streptococcus. Streptococcus is good for breaking down food, absorbing nutrients, and supporting the immune system.
Most Synbiotics contain around 5-6 different strains but we like to double the chances of amazing benefits, that’s why ours contains 10. The more the merrier.
What about Prebiotics?
The other half of Aguulp Probiotic Supplement is the prebiotic, this is the ‘food’ for the probiotic live bacteria.
Our product contains FOS, XOS and inulin all of which have been shown to positively impact the good bacteria in the gut and contribute to normal bowel function.
And now you’re up to date with Synbiotics! If you have any further questions we’re here to help, simply drop us an email at [email protected] or talk to us on live chat. Ready to give your gut a boost? Click here.
How long should you take probiotics for?
Everybody is different and some people may find that they feel a beneficial effect within the first few days or weeks, however, it’s been recommended by the British Society of Gastroenterology that optimal results will most likely be achieved after 12 weeks of use.
Are gut probiotics vegan?
Yes, as the primary ingredient in probiotics is live bacteria, there is no other ingredient derived from animal sources.
What vegan foods contain probiotics?
Whilst many probiotics are found in live-cultured foods, such as yoghurt and Kefir, you can look out for certain foods containing probiotics (spoiler, they’re pickled!):
- Kimchi – a Korean dish of spicy pickled cabbage that packs a nice flavour punch.
- Sauerkraut – a German dish of chopped pickled cabbage, which is a less spicy alternative to kimchi.
- Kombucha – this is a great swap from a high sugar fizzy drink. Kombucha is a drink produced by fermenting sweet tea with a culture of yeast and bacteria. The small amount of sugar that is added to kombucha for fermentation processes gets broken down, resulting in a low sugar drink full of friendly microbes and organic acids.
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