It can be tough to keep all the biotics straight, so here’s a quick refresher on definitions:
• Prebiotics: Prebiotics can be defined as nondigestible food components that support the growth of probiotics and the beneficial bacteria that exist inside the gastrointestinal tract.* (5)
• Probiotics: Probiotics are defined by the World Health Organization as live bacteria that may provide health benefits when consumed in adequate amounts. These microorganisms can be found in foods (sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, kombucha) and probiotic supplements.* (4,5)
• Postbiotics: Postbiotics help support our gut barrier health and function by providing a major energy source to the cells that make up the lining of the gut.* (1,2,3)
Benefits of Postbiotics
Remember that fermentation process we were talking about earlier? Let’s take a closer look at what’s actually going on.
“Beneficial bacteria—including both ingested probiotics and the 'good bacteria' that already exist in the gut—selectively ferment certain things, like prebiotics and some types of fiber,” explains Arianne Vance, MPH, Ritual’s Senior Scientist. “One consequence of this fermentation is the production of short-chain fatty acids (SCFA), like butyrate, acetate, and propionate.” (2)
Butyrate is the main callout here: Studies show it’s the primary energy source for the cells that line the colon. That’s why we recommend opting for a postbiotic supplement made with tributyrin, a source of butyrate.* (1,2)
How to Support Postbiotic Production
There are ways to support the postbiotic concentration in the gut. Since postbiotics are one of the end results of the aforementioned fermentation process, an option is to increase consumption of foods that provide fiber and prebiotics. This may naturally increase the production of postbiotics in the colon.*
Sources of prebiotics
Here are some prebiotic-rich foods: (6)
• Jerusalem artichokes
What to Look For in a Postbiotic Supplement
Getting prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics has never been easier with Synbiotic+. By choosing to add a postbiotic supplement to your routine, you can circumvent the inevitable hurdles of modern life—picky partners, busy schedules, even limited access to certain foods—and ensure you’re consistently supporting gut health, no matter what your diet or lifestyle looks like. Just make sure you pick one that includes a clinically-studied postbiotic. BTW: Tributyrin has been clinically studied at the dose of 300mg, the same amount included in Synbiotic+. Considering postbiotics aren’t as widely available as prebiotics or probiotics, vetting the market to ensure you’re getting a high-quality formula is that much more crucial.
ICYMI: Each batch of Synbiotic+ is tested for identity, purity, and composition, so we can be sure that what’s on the label is what’s in the capsules. We also complete third-party testing to ensure our products are compliant with regulations and guidelines for heavy metals, microbes, and major allergens and to help assure the quality and safety of our products.*