What does your ingredient’s impact on the gut microbiome reveal about potential health benefits?
There are trillions of micro-organisms living in the human gastrointestinal tract, including bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa. This multitude of gut microbiota has a much broader influence on the human body than simply the digestive system. It can affect metabolism, cognitive function, skin health, and more. And, conversely, health issues throughout the body can also influence the gut microbiome, such as psychological stress, use of medication, and more.
Probiotics, prebiotics, fibres, carbohydrates, proteins, etc. can impact the gut microbiota, potentially indicating a health benefit. Clinical trials can reveal not only whether your ingredient changes the microbiome, but also how the microbiome may alter physiological processes of the host. You get key information you can then validate through targeted clinical studies.