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Prebiotics by themselves?

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS Discussion' started by Wrell55, Aug 13, 2016.

  1. Wrell55

    Wrell55

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    Would it be a waste to just take them on there own without a probiotic?

    Thx for any feedback you may have to offer
     
  2. TigerLilea

    TigerLilea Senior Member

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    Some people claim that it is better to take prebiotics and to not bother with probiotics.
     
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    alicec Senior Member

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    Not at all - they will feed your gut flora.

    Probiotics do have some benefits as they transit through the gut but they don't really change the composition of the gut flora or otherwise directly affect it.

    Prebiotics do.
     
  4. Wrell55

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    Thx! Good to know. I saw that it was avaliable in powder form. Would prefer pill, but will definitely try the other of it's all that I turn up. Thx again
     
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    alicec Senior Member

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    Here is a post which lists quite a few good prebiotics, to give you an idea of what is out there. There is useful info on this website though it is interspersed with a lot of opinion which should not necessarily be taken as fact.

    I think her idea that we should aim for a mixture of different types is good. Diversity of intake is associated with a more diverse gut flora and unfortunately western diets tend to be very low in prebiotic fibre.

    Smallish amounts of 6-10 prebiotics is better than a large dose of just one.

    There is also a thread which discusses many prebiotic and gut flora-related issues here, but be warned, it is very long!
     
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  6. TigerLilea

    TigerLilea Senior Member

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    The following foods are prebiotics:

    Vegetables:
    • Artichoke
    • Asparagus
    • Bananas
    • Garlic
    • Leeks
    • Onion
    • Tomatoes
    Grains:
    • Barley
    • Rye
    • Whole grains
     
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  7. Wrell55

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    Thank you for all the feedback. Much appreciated!
     

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