What can’t this root veggie do? Picked for it’s high properties of indigestible carbohydrates, called fructans, like inulin, oligofructose, and fructooligosaccharides (FOS), known for their ability to stimulate the growth of beneficial gut bacteria, while limiting the bad. Evidence also shows that additional health benefits result from the end-product of these compounds, short chain fatty acids (SCFA), which are thought to travel outside of the colon and confer additional host benefits, such as risk reduction of chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, colon cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Key benefits: Supports improved immune response, increased nutrient and mineral absorption; anti-inflammatory and antioxidant; improved metabolic function
High in prebiotic fibre and naturally low in sugar, chicory root is an exceptional food supplement and has been used for decades as a folklore remedy around the world. High in FOS and inulin (carbohydrates that are not digested by the stomach and known as prebiotics), chicory root further stimulates the good gut bacteria and reduces harmful pathogenic and putrid bacteria. Additionally, this prebiotic activity contributes to enhanced absorption of minerals from an organism (especially calcium, magnesium and ferrum) and increased nutrient absorption from diet (mainly from the B group).
Key benefits: Anti-inflammatory, anticarcinogenic, antiviral, antibacterial, antimutagenic, antifungal, anthelmintic, immune-stimulating, antihepatotoxic and antioxidative qualities
Baobab fruit powder
Naturally low in sugar and high in prebiotic fibre and amino acids (the building blocks of the body), baobab fruit contains more Vit C than most other fruits, and is a good source of calcium, iron and magnesium. This super fruit is packed with probiotics, antioxidants, anti inflammatories and helps moderate sugar in the body, making it safe for diabetics. Used traditionally to treat fevers, indigestion/diarrhea, heavy sweating, inflammation, pain, and to increase immune system activity, and good gut bacteria (probiotics), we couldn’t resist adding it’s superpower potential to our sparkling prebiotic drinks.
Key benefits: Antioxidant activity, hepatoprotective effect, cardioprotective, antidiabetic, and antitumor action
Camu camu berry powder:
One of the richest sources of Vit C in the world, camu camu is also rich in Bioflavonoids and Anthocyanins, potassium, iron, niacin, riboflavin, phosphorous, amino acids, and the terpene compounds: alpha-pinene and d-limonene. Strong evidence suggests that camu camu can and should be used as an effective anti-inflammatory to reduce and limit the risk of pain and chronic diseases, especially those associated with weight and age, through supporting the body’s natural ability to detoxify, repair and protect itself.
Key benefits: potential weight loss, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, balanced immune response and viable antioxidant mediating anti-inflammatory processes to restore normal inflammatory and immune function.
An excellent source of prebiotic fibre shown to promote positive health outcomes in the stimulation of good gut flora and the regulation and moderation of glucose levels and the associated health concerns of diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.
Key benefits (same as all prebiotic fibre): Reduce the prevalence and duration of infectious and antibiotic-associated diarrhea; Reduce the inflammation and symptoms associated with inflammatory bowel disease; Exert protective effects to prevent colon cancer; Enhance the bioavailability and uptake of minerals, including calcium, magnesium, and possibly iron; Lower some risk factors for cardiovascular disease; and promote satiety and weight loss and prevent obesity.
 Velez, E.; Castillo, N.; Mesón, O.; Grau, A.; Bonet, M.E.B.; Perdigón, G. Study of the effect exerted by fructo-oligosaccharides from yacon (Smallanthus sonchifolius) root flour in an intestinal infection model with Salmonella Typhimurium. Br. J. Nutr. 2013, 109, 1971–1979