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Digesten-K Has Been Renamed To Kiwi-Klenz.

Updated on March 7, 2016

Probiotics or Prebiotics what's the difference?

For many years people have been taking probiotics for their health. It is claimed that the live microorganisms in probiotics actively promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract.

It is an interesting thing to note that despite years of use and positive anecdotal reports the European Food Safety Authority has rejected all claims about probiotics as being unproven.

They hold similar opinions on prebiotics so we can't look to those who assess claims for help here. Prebiotics work differently to the action of probiotics. Perhaps the definitions help in classifying them.

Probiotics: "A live microbial feed supplement which beneficially affects the host animal by improving its intestinal microbial balance"

Prebiotics: "A prebiotic is a selectively fermented ingredient that allows specific changes, both in the composition and/or activity in the gastrointestinal microflora that confers benefits upon host well-being and health."

So the difference, while not clear, seems to be that probiotics are live microbes and prebiotics are not. The end result is similar, the positive growth of intestinal tract microflora which improve your ability to digest the food you eat and allow better absorption of vitamins and minerals in your diet.

Prebiotics are the best

There are a number of studies which have shown that probiotics can actually harm you if you are not already healthy. They have also shown that most of the probiotics supplements you can buy only contain a limited number (1-6) of the strains of microbes we normally have in out digestive tracts (400-500).

This is where prebiotics win out. They promote the growth of any and all existing micro-organisms in your gut which has a faster and more beneficial impact.

More information can be found on about the newest and most exciting prebiotic to be released, Kiwi-Klenz from Xtend-Life.


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