What are prebiotics?
Unlike probiotics, which are living microorganisms, prebiotics are indigestible carbohydrates. These prebiotics stimulate the growth and activity of beneficial bacteria of the intestinal flora. GUM ARABIC is one of the best-studied of the unabsorbable carbohydrates. GUM ARABIC is therefore a prebiotic.
What is a person’s intestinal flora?
The intestine of an adult human contains approximately 1014 bacteria of more than 400 different species and sub-species, which together weigh between 1 – 1.5 kg. Because bacteria are single-cell organisms and can carry out all essential metabolic activities themselves, the complete intestinal flora can be considered an enormous and complex metabolic organ for the human body. As a result, this “organism” affects our health and well-being.
What are beneficial bacteria in the intestinal flora?
In the large intestine, we can differentiate between beneficial bacteria such as bifidobacteria and lactobacillus and possible pathogenic bacteria such as E. coli, salmonella and clostridium. The latter cannot use GUM ARABIC. If one stimulates the growth of beneficial bacteria using GUM ARABIC, they can therefore displace the possible pathogens.
Other important functions of a healthy intestinal flora are:
Growth inhibition of possible pathogenic bacteria Positive influence on the activity of the immune system Recovery of the intestinal flora after treatment with antibiotics Production of digestive enzymes Inhibition of viruses until this day researchers are investigating the potential properties and uses for gum Arabic in both the medical field and the food and beverage industry. In biblical events many scholars believe gum Arabic to be mana sent to moses from the heavens.