Fiber Specificity Blog

Is Your Prebiotic Fast Food or Fine Dining?

Prebiotics are an excellent way to support gut health and overall wellness. These dietary fibers, found in a wide range of fruits and vegetables, nourish the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the gut microbiota. In turn, this large, diverse and complex community of commensal bacteria influences the function of every major system of the body.

However, not all prebiotics are alike. Their potential health benefits depend greatly on the molecular structure, or specificity, of the prebiotic fiber and the gut microbiota composition that varies between individuals. The importance of fiber structure lies in how the complex ecosystem of the gut microbiota works.

Why Prebiotic Fiber Structure Matters

The gut microbiota consists of around 100 trillion bacteria, encompassing approximately 1,000 different species. This is just a fraction of the larger microbiome, which includes millions of unique genes found within these microorganisms. The microbiome, intestinal barrier, immune and enteric nervous systems interact with each other constantly to detect, identify, digest or react to everything that passes through the gut.

In this fiercely competitive environment, gut microorganisms compete for limited nutrients. Prebiotics resist digestion by human digestive enzymes. Rather, they are fermented by gut microbes, a process which produces short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) that nourish gut bacteria.

Most prebiotics are fairly simple structures that can be fermented by many different microorganisms. It’s like fast food, resulting in race to ferment with benefits that are highly dependent on the preexisting composition of the gut microbiota, which makes their overall impact highly variable. High specificity fibers, that are complex in structure and uncommon in the diet could be considered an ‘acquired taste’ as they are only eaten by a few bacteria.

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BeniCaros®, a precision prebiotic from NutriLeads BV, has a structure complexity that’s just right for a selective stimulation of a diverse range of beneficial microorganisms present in the gut of most people. Consequently, BeniCaros ensures robust, consistent and predictable gut health benefits.

Precision Prebiotics Validated

Independent research confirms the importance of prebiotic fiber specificity to achieving targeted gut health benefits. Most recently, NutriLeads conducted an ex vivo study with 24 human subjects utilizing SIFR® technology, a validated gut digestion and fermentation simulator, to measure changes in gut microbiota composition and function. They study evaluated the impact of three prebiotic fibers: inulin (low specificity), BeniCaros (medium to high specificity) and xanthan (high specificity). The results confirm that only BeniCaros consistently enhanced the growth of targeted beneficial gut bacteria across all subjects and improved the composition of their gut microbiota.

Clinically Proven

BeniCaros is clinically proven to train faster, smarter and stronger innate immune responses and consistently modulate healthy gut microbiota composition essential for overall health and well-being. A randomized clinical study demonstrated the multiple health benefits of BeniCaros, scientifically known as Rhamnogalacturonan-I (RG-I). Upcycled from carrot pomace, BeniCaros:

  • Significantly reduced the severity and duration of symptoms following a controlled exposure to a common cold virus.
  • Consistently promoted the growth of beneficial bacterial species, including Bifidobacterium spp. (B. longum and B. adolescentis), that foster a resilient gut ecosystem.
  • Enhanced the production of short-chain fatty acids (acetate, propionate, and butyrate) with lower gas production with lower gas production than traditional prebiotics.

Small Efficacious Serving

What’s also remarkable about BeniCaros is that its benefits are available via a small daily serving of as low as 300 mg. That’s about a single gummy bear per day. In a world of bulky prebiotic powders requiring two to 10 grams daily, BeniCaros opens the door for food, beverage and dietary supplement innovation.

It also creates opportunities for gut microbiota to experience “fine dining” and its consistent, predictable prebiotic health benefits.

To learn more about this topic, you can view the recent webinar NutriLeads and FMCG Gurus presented on prebiotics and fiber specificity.

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