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* They boost immunity by increasing production of mucin, proteins found in saliva and the mucosal linings of your GI tract, which help protect against friction and erosion and create an unfavorable environment for bad bacteria. Prebiotics: The support team. Prebiotics are a relatively new concept, being identified in1995 as food ingredients that pass through the digestive system without being digested. Probiotic microbes in your system use prebiotics as food, so prebiotics help probiotic bacteria grow and flourish. Prebiotics' important properties include: * Healthy bacteria-building potential * Starch and sugar replacement capabilities * Improving gut health as fiber Probiotics and prebiotics work together to maintain gut health in different ways. To get the full benefits of both, so-called synbiotics combine them. The three most common prebiotics are inulin, oligofruc- tose, and polydextrose. When you shop for probi- otic supplements, look for these prebiotics on the label. Probulin is a classic example of a synbiotic, where the two elements (probiotics and prebiotics) work together as a one-two punch to your system. Excerpted from Probiotics for Dummies by: Shekhar K. Challa, MD. Complimentary copies available with Probulin purchase at Abby's while supplies last. Abby's Magazine - January/ February 2015 | Page 25

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