Our Vegan Protein Shakes are super powered by select additional ingredients. In this series of blogs we will go through why we hand selected each addition to boost our shakes! This month, our probiotics and prebiotics!
Pre or Pro, what’s the difference?
Probiotics are live friendly bacteria that colonise (make home) in our digestive system.
Prebiotics are certain types of fibre which feed and nourish these friendly bacteria to help them thrive.
Guess what, Liberto Vegan Protein Shakes contain BOTH probiotics and prebiotics!
Which probiotic is in Liberto shakes?
The probiotic we use is called Bacillus Coagulans.
What are the benefits of this probiotic?
Bacillus Coagulans is a hardy probiotic which has special properties allowing it to survive the acidic environment of the stomach, and bile salts, to reach the gut unharmed. In the gut it colonises and produces lactic acid, which helps to prevent harmful bacteria growing, alongside the competitive exclusion for (fighting over) nutrients.
Lab studies have shown that Bacillus Coagulans has antibacterial properties against bad bacteria known to cause disease in humans (gram positive and gram negative pathogens).
Bacillus Coagulans is the subject of many studies exploring a wealth of potential health benefits. This is a relatively new area of research but small same as scale human clinical studies have shown benefits including improvement in symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) such as abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation.
How much probiotic do Liberto shakes contain?
Each serving of our shakes contain 1,000,000,000 colony forming units (that’s a billion!)
Which prebiotics are in Liberto shakes?
The prebiotics we use are Inulin, Konjac Fibre, and Acacia Gum.
What are the benefits of these prebiotics?
They are all types of fibre, which we cannot digest. They pass into the large intestine where they act as fuel for the friendly bacteria. This helps support a healthy balance of bacteria in our digestive system.
When the bacteria in our gut feed off prebiotics they produce short chain fatty acids, one of which is the preffered fuel of the cells that line our colon. It is thought that this leads to healthy repair and renewal of these cells, and may help prevent diseases of the large intestine.
The research into pre and pro biotics is ever growing and they are being implicated as having positive effects in many different aspects of health and protection from disease!
We hope you found this useful, if you have any questions please post them below!