Prebiotics

Prebiotics feed the probiotics residing in the gastrointestinal tract, promote their growth and activity and are therefore beneficial to health; they work in synergy with probiotics, meaning that they intensify each other’s positive effects. Prebiotics are mainly fibers – inulin or its derived substances of oligofructose and galacto-oligosaccharides. 1 Products containing both prebiotics and probiotics are called synbiotics2. If the balance of the microflora has been disrupted, then it is best to use both prebiotics and probiotics (synbiotics)together, because they will have a symbiotic effect in the body upon consumption.

  • Inulin restores the microflora, specifically the balance of bifidobacteria and lactobacilli in the small intestine, improves the intestinal epithelial barrier function, i.e. resistance to bad bacteria;
  • Inulin is beneficial for subjects suffering from or with a predilection for intestinal disorders, intestinal discomfort, as it stops progression and prevents development of such conditions.

Zinc chelate

Zinc chelate is a chemical compound, where zinc is in the form of an amino acid. Zinc chelate has several advantages over other zinc compounds, which make it extremely beneficial at times of illness when the body is especially sensitive to all additional irritants. Zinc chelate is gentle on the gastrointestinal tract, it does not cause irritation or nausea. Experimental studies have found it to be well absorbed. Zinc from meat, eggs and seafood is better absorbed precisely because these products contain the amino acids cysteine and methionine, which aid zinc absorption. Zinc chelate is especially beneficial during acute diarrhea, as it promotes rehydration, i.e. speeds up the restoration of fluids in the body4 Zinc promotes the normal functioning of the immune system and cognitive function, helps promote normal metabolism and maintain healthy hair, nails and skin.

  • Zinc promotes the normal functioning of the immune system and cognitive function, helps promote normal metabolism and maintain healthy hair, nails and skin;
  • Zinc supplementation during acute and continuous diarrhea reduces the frequency of stool, stool amount and duration of the diarrhea; it is a safe, simple and effective method for treating acute and continuous diarrhea. It is recommended by the World Health Organization and UNICEF.

[1] Pal DTGowda NK, et al. Effect of copper- and zinc-methionine supplementation on bioavailability, mineral status and tissue concentrations of copper and zinc in ewes. J Trace Elem Med Biol. 2010 Apr;24(2):89-94.

[1]  King JC, Cousins RJ. Zinc. In: Shils ME, Shike M, Ross AC, Caballero B, Cousins RJ, eds. Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease. 10th ed. Baltimore: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2006:271-285.

[1] Haider BABhutta ZA.The effect of therapeutic zinc supplementation among young children with selected infections: a review of the evidence. Food Nutr Bull. 2009 Mar;30(1 Suppl):S41-59.

[1]Chaitali Bajait and Vijay Thawani. Role of zinc in pediatric diarrhea. Indian J Pharmacol. 2011 May-Jun; 43(3): 232–235.

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