PRE-Biotics and PRO-Biotics are not the same thing – by Rebecca Rose of In Clover

You have no doubt heard the Activa® commercials talking about the PRO-Biotics in their yogurt product.  But what are PRO-Biotics anyway?  PRO-Biotics are living microorganisms that you can not see unless you have a microscope that, when given in adequate amounts, result in a health benefit.  You will usually find products with PRO-Biotics in the refrigerated section because they are delicate, living microbes that die when exposed to heat.  Manufactured products cannot guarantee viability at the store shelf or in your home since PRO-Biotics are not temperature stable.  They are also sensitive to the harsh acidic conditions in a dog or cat’s stomach.

What I believe is a more elegant solution to getting quick digestive and immune support benefits are PRE-Biotics.  Simply put, PRE-Biotics are the fast food for the native good bacteria.  That is, the beneficial PRO-Biotics that are already in your pet’s gut.  No refrigeration is necessary for PRE-Biotics and they have a 3-year shelf life.

There are many things that decrease the number of friendly bacteria in the gut including; stress, antibiotics, travel or separation, normal aging and food change.  Using a digestive supplement with the clinically tested amounts of the PRE-Biotic will help to restore the friendly bacteria and put back balance in your pet’s system.

Click here to see an assortment of Only Natural Pet PRE-Biotic Products
Click here to see an assortment of Only Natural Pet PRO-Biotic Products

Author: Rebecca Rose, president of In Clover, Inc. Ms. Rose is a biochemist and the developer of animal health products.  She is the author of three patents on the composition and method for treating joint disorder in vertebrates. In Clover is the maker of OptaGest®, a complete digestive aid of clinically-tested levels of prebiotic and four plant enzymes.

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    jhofve said,

    You’re right, probiotics do have a hard time getting to the colon, where they are intended to work. Analysis has shown that many products do not contain as many live bacteria as claimed. However, some research has suggested that even if the probiotics do not survive, they may still have beneficial effects. Of course, there is no single treatment that works for every digestive problem. However, enzymes, prebiotics, and probiotics are *all* helpful for creating and maintaining a healthy gut environment!


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