This is the third article in our “-biotics” series, where we explain the differences between and benefits of prebiotics, probiotics, synbiotics and postbiotics. 


With synbiotics, think synergy — they’re basically a combination of probiotics and prebiotics, working together for your benefit. In the scientific literature, they’re defined as “synergistic mixtures of probiotics and prebiotics that beneficially affect the host by improving the survival and colonization of live beneficial microorganisms in the gastrointestinal tract of the host.” Several meta-analyses of adult studies suggest benefits like:

  • Reducing constipation
  • Lowering high fasting blood glucose levels
  • Reducing the risk of developing postoperative sepsis after gastrointestinal surgery. 

So, while this term is mainly in the scientific literature for now, don’t be surprised if it starts popping up on supplement labels! 

Synbiotic foods: pair up foods from the Probiotic and Prebiotic categories! 

Synbiotic supplements: 

Some probiotic supplements actually combine the two! Some we love include: 

TruFlora® Probiotics + Enzymes - designed for individuals with regular bowel movements 

TheralacPro® Professional Probiotic - designed for individuals who tend toward loose bowel movements

TruBifidoPro Professional Probiotic - designed for individuals who tend toward constipation

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