Prebiotics


The human body is more microbiota than human. Wait, what? Made up of trillions of microorganisms, or bacteria, microbiota outweigh human cells 10:1. And what’s more, this bacteria plays a vital role in our health.

That's where prebiotics come in. Prebiotics are a form of soluble fibre found primarily in plant material. Once consumed, they pass through the stomach largely undigested and make their way intact to the large intestine. There they undergo fermentation, which lowers the body’s pH and supports the growth of good bacteria, specifically Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus, or more commonly known today as probiotics. What’s more is they also limit the growth of bad bacteria - putrefactive pathogens known as the decomposers[1] - which can lead to the deterioration of tissue and organs.

This good bacteria has shown to increase overall health outcomes by contributing to a healthy microbiome. Imbalances in the ratio of good to bad bacteria can produce an environment that favours the growth of potentially pro-carcinogenic pathogens[2]. Studies also show that a healthy gut microbiome leads to an enhanced immune system, increased digestion, regulation of glucose, cholesterol and weight, in addition to positively influencing mood, hormone levels, memory, learning and some psychiatric disorders. [3]

Currently the human diet is the main source of energy for the growth of this good bacteria. Prebiotics naturally exist in different foods, including asparagus, sugar beet, garlic, chicory, onion, Jerusalem artichoke, wheat, honey, banana, barley, tomato, rye, soybean, human and cow’s milk, peas, beans, etc., and recently, seaweeds and microalgae.[4]

Diets high in fibre have shown a reduced risk of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, obesity, cancer and heart disease. Diseases that affect a large proportion of the Western world.

Scientists have long studied the differences in our modern day diet compared to that of our ancestors, the hunter/gatherers, as chronic diseases were seemingly obsolete.  In addition to higher levels of activity, research has shown that our ancestors had diets that consisted of 100 - 150g of dietary fibre, far greater than that of the average modern day American, which is only 10g[5], a factor which heavily suggests a contribution to the lack of chronic disease.

Crafted from real ingredients clinically proven to be high in prebiotic fibre, such as yacon and chicory root, camu camu berry powder, baobab fruit and acacia fibre, Crazy D’s Sparkling Prebiotic beverages are designed to support a healthy lifestyle. Crazy D’s Sparkling Prebiotic have packed these traditional botanical ingredients into three light, refreshing, sparkling drinks. Complement your health and quench your thirst - now that’s crazy! No, it's just Crazy D’s Sparkling Prebiotic beverages.

 

[1] pH and peptide supply can radically alter bacterial populations and short-chain fatty acid ratios within microbial communities from the human colon. Walker AW, Duncan SH, McWilliam Leitch EC, Child MW, Flint HJ Appl Environ Microbiol. 2005 Jul; 71(7):3692-700.

[2] Mondot, S.; Lepage, P. The human gut microbiome and its dysfunctions through the meta-omics prism. Ann NY Acad. Sci. 2016.      

[3] Modulation of Gut Microbiota-Brain Axis by Probiotics, Prebiotics, and Diet.

Liu X, Cao S, Zhang X J Agric Food Chem. 2015 Sep 16; 63(36):7885-95.

[4] Varzakas T., Kandylis P., Dimitrellou D., Salamoura C., Zakynthinos G., Proestos C. Preparation and Processing of Religious and Cultural Foods. Elsevier; London, UK: 2018. Innovative and fortified food: Probiotics, prebiotics, gmos, and superfood; pp. 67–129.

[5] Eaton SB, Konner M, Shostak M. Stone agers in the fast lane: chronic degenerative diseases in evolutionary perspective. Am J Med 1988; 84: 739–749.