All BARRE BODY Superfood Shakes now contain Prebiotics. This article explains why prebiotics are so important.

Prebiotics for weight loss and improved immune function

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Scientists have discovered a type of gut bacteria that could protect against obesity and help treat type 2 diabetes. This breakthrough suggests foods that stimulate the production of the bacteria in the digestive system could help burn off pounds quicker than by eating less or exercising more. A study found that the levels of gut bacteria, Akkermansia muciniphila, were compromised in obese and type-2 diabetic mice. But feeding them oligofructose prebiotics – a dietary supplement to promote the growth of beneficial bacteria – boosted the bacteria back to normal levels. This in turn led to a faster metabolism which helped the lab rodents shed weight. They also suffered less inflammation and lowered their insulin resistance, a symptom of type 2 diabetes. The amount of a chemical called endocannabinoids that controls glucose also rose, according to the findings published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Unlike probiotics – live bacteria products which add healthy flora to the gut – prebiotics do not replace bacteria, but help feed and maintain levels of ‘good’ bacteria in the digestive tract. Prebiotics are a form of natural, indigestible starch found in small quantities in banana, onions, leeks, asparagus, chicory and Jerusalem artichokes and can be added to a wide selection of foods. The researchers said the results indicate A. muciniphila could play a key role in gut barrier function, metabolic inflammation and fat storage. The study said that gut bacteria may play a role in treating obesity and its associated conditions such as type 2 diabetes in the future  They suggest the bacteria could be used to develop treatments to prevent obesity and its linked metabolic disorders.

 Professor Patrice Cani, of the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, said: ‘This study demonstrated the abundance of A. muciniphila decreased in obese and type 2 diabetic mice. We also observed that [increasing prebiotic intake] normalised A. muciniphila abundance which correlated with an improved metabolic profile. In summary this study provides substantial insight into the intricate mechanisms of A. muciniphila regulation of the cross-talk between the host and gut microbiota. These results also provide a rationale for the development of a treatment that uses this human mucus coloniser for the prevention or treatment of obesity and its associated metabolic disorders.’

BARRE BODY Inulin (Prebiotic)

Inulin feeds the healthy microflora that boost your immunity. Your Inner Ecosystem Loves Inulin. Inside your intestinal tract, you have an “inner ecosystem” teeming with millions of friendly microflora (beneficial bacteria and yeast) competing for survival with pathogenic bacteria and yeast, like candida.

In a healthy body, you always want the friendly microflora in your gut to outnumber the bad, and the best way to ensure this is to feed the good guys. Just like all living organisms, microflora, also called probiotics, need food too in order to thrive and flourish. Their favorite foods are called prebiotics.

Inulin is a great prebiotic and it survives the harsh acids encountered in the stomach and small intestine, making it available for consumption further down the line where probiotics await them. Not only does inulin actively promote the growth of existing strains of probiotics in your colon, it has also shown to encourage the implantation, survival and growth of newly added probiotics.

By boosting the survival and growth of beneficial probiotics in your inner ecosystem, inulin improves your digestion, immunity and disease fighting power.