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Difference Between Probiotics and Prebiotics

With all the talk about probiotics, it is sometimes hard to know what information is accurate. What are probiotics? Should you get your good bacteria from food or supplements? How much is enough? What qualities should you look for in a probiotic supplement? Heading to the store sometimes leaves you with more questions than answers. Where do you turn?

What are Probiotics?

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria found in fermented foods such as yogurt, miso and kombucha. Commonly recommended for a wide range of digestive issues and yeast overgrowth in the body, probiotics are the good bacteria that line the digestive tract. When you are suffering from diarrhea, gas or bloating, you want a product that helps to alleviate discomfort.

What are Prebiotics?

New research is even suggesting that “feeding” the good bacteria in your system can also be beneficial to keeping a healthy balance of flora in your digestive tract. “Prebiotics” are complex carbohydrates that pass through the stomach to the colon “feeding” the good bacteria in your system.  Rainbow Light’s ProbiActive 1B contains prebiotics in the form of inulin but it also contains soothing herbs that ease stomach discomfort and support healthy digestion. 


Probiotics from Food Sources vs. Supplements

Twenty years ago, acidophilus was the good bacteria sold in health food stores and suggested to take in conjunction with antibiotics. The disease fighting properties of antibiotics can kill off the beneficial bacteria in your body with the bad, which can result in yeast infections and gastrointestinal upset. A simple home remedy of eating yogurt was a common suggestion to ease one back to health.

Since then, more strains of good bacteria have been discovered (Biffidus, Lactobacillus, Lactobacillus Sporogenes, Bifidobacterium, Enterococcus, and Saccharomyces). It is now widely understood that sugar and pasteurization can kill off the good bacteria found in food, not to mention that sugar feeds candida yeast, making some store bought foods not the best choice.  A good supplement contains live cultures in the billions per serving. Taking probiotics in supplement form offers a consistent dosage that is guaranteed to contain live cultures and is a great option for those watching their caloric intake. 

Rainbow Light’s Probiotics Supplements


Rainbow Light probiotics contain Lactobacillus Sporogenes which is a multi-function probiotic with a naturally occurring protective microencapsulation that ensures survival to your intestinal system where it helps support a natural digestive balance. Probiotics, when taken daily, promote regularity, ease gas and bloating, and can increase vitality and boost a healthy immune system.

When you are suffering from  occasional digestive upsets such as diarrhea, painful gas or bloating, you want a product that helps to alleviate your discomfort. Luckily there is a simple probiotic supplement that can help your body to maintain a healthy balance of flora.

ProbioActive™ 1B is ideal for daily digestive support and regularity, promoting a healthy balance of gut micro flora for increased vitality and a healthy immune system. 

ProbioActive 1B is vegan, gluten free, sugar free and free of most allergens making it a great choice for even the strictest diets! ProbioActive 1B also contains a calming botanical blend of ginger, peppermint, fennel and turmeric helps to alleviate gas, bloating and other stomach discomforts. 

Probiotics are Great for Kids!

Since kids are often more susceptible to germ exposure, their immune systems are under constant attack. Their diets can also be less than ideal causing tummy aches, constipation and gas. Rainbow Light has a probiotic just for them!

Probiolicious Gummies need no refrigeration and are packed with 1 Billion CFU Bio-Active Probiotic Defense™. Rainbow Light Probiolicious Gummies are free of most common allergens such as eggs and shellfish, are gluten free and are 100% Natural. They also have a great cranberry taste that kids and adults enjoy! 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


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