Prebiotics and Probiotics: What’s the Difference?

You’ve likely heard of probiotics (if not, check out this article to learn more about these good bacteria),  but lately there’s been a lot of buzz about prebiotics. In general, prebiotics are specialized fibers that help nourish the bacteria that live within your digestive tract.[i] Prebiotics are the preferred food source for good probiotic bacteria, helping promote their growth throughout the digestive tract.* [ii]

Many different types of prebiotics exist and can be found in sources like chicory root, blue agave, dandelion greens, Jerusalem artichoke, garlic, onions, leeks, konjac root, jicama and lentils. That’s why you’ll find ingredients like chicory root in some of our Fortify products.

As prebiotics act as a food source for good bacteria, many of the benefits are complementary to the benefits that probiotics can provide. Prebiotics are able to nourish bacteria present in the digestive tract and have a track record of supporting diversity of the microbiome.* In fact, certain types of prebiotics have been shown to assist with metabolic, cognitive, digestive, and immune health.* [iii][iv]

Probiotics are a great way to support healthy digestive balance* and prebiotics can help nourish the good bacteria in your gut.*  That’s why we’ve made it easy for you to incorporate prebiotics into your existing probiotic routine by including them in our Fortify 30 Billion and 50 Billion Daily Probiotics.

Probiotics lineup

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

[i] Nutrients. 2013 Apr; 5(4): 1417–1435

[ii] Biomed J. 2014 Sep-Oct;37(5):259-68

[iii] Br J Nutr. 2014 Apr 14;111(7):1147-61

[iv] Nutrients. 2015 Oct 28;7(11):8887-96