Our two favorite prebiotics are Mannan Oligosaccharides (MOS) and Galactooligosaccharides (GOS). Prebiotics are non-digestible carbohydrate-based food ingredients that stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria (bifidobacteria and lactic acid bacteria) in the gastrointestinal tract. Prebiotics act as food for probiotics. You need a healthy amount of probiotics in your intestines to help keep your digestive system in balance. If you don’t eat foods rich in prebiotics, your level of probiotics may fall.
MOS detaches bad bacteria from the intestinal wall and is beneficial for people who have chronic yeast infections. If used on a long-term basis, MOS restores villi structure.
GOS acts as strong stimuli for the beneficial bacteria that reside in our gut as well as stimulate natural killer cells that protect our body from infection.
Consumption of prebiotics not only normalizes intestinal gut microbiota but also facilitates absorption of calcium, magnesium and vitamin D, stimulates mucosal immune responses, reduces inflammation, and normalizes bowel movements.
So how do you know which one to take?
GOS is best used for the following conditions:
• Absorption of calcium and magnesium
• Alleviates constipation
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome
For a more potent combination, you can take both MOS and GOS together. If you take antibiotics, separate the consumption of prebiotics from the antibiotics by at least 2 hours.
Some natural products are rich in prebiotics including:
• Brewer’s yeast
In the video below, Dr. Alexander Shikhman discusses MOS and GOS and why they are our preferred prebiotics.