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BlueBiology Prebiotic Review

BlueBiology’s BlueBiotics Ultimate Care probiotic supplement has been our preferred probiotic supplement for some time now and it’s what we recommend the most when people ask us about probiotics.

So when BlueBiology came out with their prebiotic supplement, we were pleased to get our hands on it for review.

In this article, we report our findings.

What does BlueBiology’s Prebiotic Contain?

This prebiotic supplement consists of four ingredients:

  1. Organic chicory root powder – 1500mg
  2. Lentil root powder – 1500mg
  3. Organic gum arabic flour – 5000mg
  4. Alpha galactosidase – 23mg

Potential Health Benefits

These prebiotics each have a unique role they play in digestion and general health.

Chicory Root Powder

Chicory root powder is high in inulin content, which the authors of this study say “enhances the absorption of minerals and stimulates immune system”. They also noted inulin’s preventative role “against gastrointestinal complications like constipation”.

In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study done on the effects of roasted chicory root extract, study authors concluded that chicory root improved bowel movement among 47 healthy adult participants. They also stated that their test results suggest that chicory root “could delay or prevent the early onset of diabetes”.

Lentil Root Powder

Lentils are known to be high in prebiotic carbohydrates that “help to keep up the gut microbial environment and prevent gut-associated diseases”. (1) (2) (3)

In addition to lentils being a prebiotic and promoting/maintaining a healthy microbiota (the microorganisms that live in our digestive tracts), lentils have a number of other health benefits.

Other health benefits of lentils may include:

Antioxidant Potential

Lentils are rich in phenolic compounds, which act as natural antioxidants. (1)

Antioxidants are essential for the life of not just human beings, but all living organisms.

Antioxidants promote health by protecting your body’s cells from free radical damage.

Anti-Diabetic Activity

There have been a number of in vitro and in vivo studies (you can learn about the difference between these types of studies here) that have “demonstrated that lentils in the diet regulate starch digestibility, glycemic load and the glycemic index, which diminish diabetes complications”. (1) (4) (5)

However, additional evidence is needed on this subject.

Anticancer Activity

Some study authors have indicated that lentils have anticancer properties that merit looking into. However, more studies are needed. (1) (6) (7)

Cardioprotective Effects

Some studies suggest that lentils could protect the heart and that they have the “potential to decrease the risk of cardiovascular and coronary artery diseases”. These are promising findings but more study is still needed. (1)

Lentils are Galacto-Oligosaccharides

Galacto-oligosaccharides are prebiotics that have multiple health benefits. Potential health benefits of galacto-oligosaccharides may include “putative anti‐cancer properties, influence on mineral absorption, lipid metabolism, and anti‐inflammatory and other immune effects such as atopic disease”. (8)

Another study concluded that atopic eczema could potentially be prevented in high-risk infants “by modulating the infant’s gut microbiota with probiotics and prebiotics.” (9)

It’s important to note, however, that both of these studies called for more investigation into these topics, so more study is needed.

Organic Gum Arabic Flour

Gum arabic, also known as acacia, is a dietary fiber that comes from the acacia tree.

Gum arabic makes you feel full, so in addition to it being prebiotic, it can also potentially help you lose weight.

Gum arabic is over 85% prebiotic fiber content by weight, making it the most potent prebiotic plant known.

It’s also known to be bifidogenic, meaning researchers have established that it enhances the growth of the good probiotic bacteria bifidobacterium. (10) In at least one study, “numbers of Bifidobacteria, Lactobacilli and Bacteroides were significantly higher for gum arabic than for inulin”. (11) This is a relevant finding, because many prebiotic supplements contain only inulin, meaning they’re not providing the full prebiotic potential that you get with a supplement containing gum arabic and a good mixture of other prebiotics.

Alpha Galactosidase

Alpha-galactosidase is actually not a prebiotic, but there’s good reason for including it and you won’t find this in many other prebiotic supplements. Alpha-galactosidase is an enzyme that breaks down complex carbohydrates.

What that means in a practical sense is that it will help in reducing the gas that you would likely otherwise have due to the fiber and carbohydrates. Not only that but it can also aid in digestion.

Other Features

Here are some additional features of BlueBiology’s 100% Plant Based Prebiotic:

  • This product is vegetarian/vegan-friendly
  • It’s made in an FDA-approved GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) facility
  • It’s organic
  • Free of dairy, soy, and wheat
  • Has a 90-day money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied with it

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is BlueBiology Prebiotics for?

BlueBiology’s prebiotic is for men and women who want to improve their regularity and increase the amount of good bacteria (probiotics) in their digestive system.

How much should I take?

The recommended dose for this prebiotic is 1 scoop, which is 11 grams. The powder can be mixed with a drink of your choice.

Should I take this with a probiotic?

Absolutely! To get the most out of this prebiotic, it’s best taken with probiotics. This combination is referred to as synbiotics, as the two work together to improve the composition of the microbiota (the collection of microorganisms that inhabit the gut). (12) We recommend BlueBiology’s BlueBiotics Ultimate Care.

Is it safe?

Each of the ingredients in this supplement is known to be safe. Additionally, in our testing, we found that what was listed on the label was accurately reflected as ingredients in the bottle.

Can I take BlueBiology’s prebiotic if I’m pregnant or nursing?

We recommend asking your doctor about taking any supplement or medication if you’re pregnant or nursing.

Does this supplement contain any allergens?

This supplement is free of dairy, soy, and wheat.

How should BlueBiology prebiotics be stored?

This product can be stored anywhere that is room temperature or lower. They should be out of direct sunlight.

Our Verdict

BlueBiology’s Prebiotic is an excellently formulated prebiotic that compliments their probiotic product very nicely.

The prebiotic ingredients are high-quality and provide a food source for all types of probiotics.

If you’re looking to improve your digestion, become more regular, and improve the health of your microbiome, this is the prebiotic supplement for you.

You can find BlueBiology’s 100% Plant Based Prebiotic at BlueBiology.com.

Sources
1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5713359/#B10-ijms-18-02390
2. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0963996912004942?via%3Dihub
3. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0717345814000748?via%3Dihub
4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15505008
5. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0963996908000653?via%3Dihub
6. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308814609013612?via%3Dihub
7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15609322
8. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1365-2672.2007.03520.x
9. https://www.jacionline.org/article/S0091-6749(06)01908-7/fulltext
10. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/08910600310014377
11. https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/british-journal-of-nutrition/article/gum-arabic-establishes-prebiotic-functionality-in-healthy-human-volunteers-in-a-dosedependent-manner/328AAF4058E37D1C198B540DEC9DA148
12. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4648921/
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