This is the fourth article in our “-biotics” series, where we explain the differences between and benefits of prebiotics, probiotics, synbiotics and postbiotics.
Now that you’ve learned about prebiotics, probiotics, and synbiotics, here’s the newest term in the -biotics word: postbiotics. These are the beneficial products that probiotic bacteria make for us, like good fats, proteins, cellular components and signaling molecules. While they’re mostly used in clinical research settings for now, the thought is that they may deliver the benefits of probiotics in a more efficient way. One major area of interest around postbiotics is their ability to help modulate, or balance, the immune system, which may play an exciting role in conditions like autoimmune diseases.
Postbiotic foods: Bonus! Your body produces postbiotics when you consume prebiotic and probiotic foods!
Sodium Butyrate - Butyrate is a short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) that interestingly is both produced by and food for cells in our lower GI tract. It has been found in research to help heal intestinal inflammation and support liver and gallbladder function.
There you have it! Keep your eyes open for these new terms on supplement labels. And if you’re not sure how to incorporate pro/pre/syn/post-biotics into your health plan, we’re here to help! Call our office to schedule an appointment with one of our integrative nutritionists who can guide you toward the foods and supplements that will address your health goals.
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