What are prebiotics?
Prebiotics are natural, non-digestible oligosaccharides that ‘feed’ the good bacteria already in our gut helping them to grow and flourish.
Consuming prebiotic rich foods can help the good bacteria in your gut grow, improving the good-to-bad bacteria ratio which is essential for good digestive health.
These good bacteria play a large role in the condition of your digestive system and overall health.
Prebiotics vs. Probiotics
Both prebiotics and probiotics can help digestive health. A probiotic is a preparation of live bacteria found in non-pasteurised yoghurt and dairy, fermented foods such sauerkraut and some supplements. Essentially, while prebiotics work to improve your existing gut microflora, probiotics aim to do this by introducing new, live bacteria into your gut.
While there has been plenty of attention given to the benefits of probiotics over the years, few are aware of prebiotics which may play an equally significant role in our gut health and should be a staple in our diets. If you think of your digestive bacteria as a garden, then consider that prebiotics are the food that your garden needs to flourish.
What is prebiotic honey?
While the scientific community has long believed honey to be good for digestive health, until now there has never been any human clinical studies to demonstrate its prebiotic effect.
A world-first clinical study led by Professor Patricia Conway at The University of New South Wales (UNSW) demonstrated that daily doses of 14mL of prebiotic honey significantly improved the population of gut bacteria detected in healthy Australian adults*. The results showed that certain honeys significantly raised the levels of good bacteria and also suppressed some bad bacteria. Furthermore, levels of good bacteria decreased once the participants stopped taking the honey for a period of time.
However, not all honeys are created equal. Beeotic by Capilano Honey is the only honey on the market that is specifically tested for its prebiotic content. Learn more about the science of Beeotic or about prebiotics from two of our experts!
*Clinical study conducted by Conway et al. in 2012-13, funded by Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation. Always read the label. Use only as directed.
Professor Conway explains the difference between prebiotics & probiotics