Victoria Frankel

Prebiotics, Probiotics, or Synbiotics - Which is right for you?

Sep 30, 2020

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Viome is a company that’s established itself as a true believer in the power of a healthy gut. With our roots in the gut microbiome field, we’re constantly keeping up-to-date on the science surrounding our gut ecosystem, as well as how your gut microbiome, cellular health, and mitochondrial health work together. And with each passing day, and every new study, we’re doubling down on our efforts to stop chronic disease in its tracks. The best way to tackle this issue is by adapting your diet, but for those who need extra support and a push in the right direction – precision pro- and prebiotics are a great way to start.


One Gut at a Time

By now, we’re all too familiar with the consequences of the impact nutrition has on our gut ecosystem and what is known as gut dysbiosis. Your diet is the number one predictor of how balanced your gut microbiome is. Consuming the nutritious foods right for you is digested into clean energy, helps fight normal wear and tear in your cells, and works to stabilize your body’s natural pH. Together, along with feeding your gut microbiome in a way that promotes healthy microbial activities, food is your greatest asset against disease. But it can also take time to promote the right change in your body.

That’s why boosting the level of healthy gut activity might require additional resources for quicker results. But how do we obtain faster change?

You may have guessed, but the natural response would be increasing – or repopulating – your gut with commensal microbes that function in beneficial ways to promote health. Often thought of as feeding, weeding and seeding your gut. And most people look immediately toward a very specific line of supplements made especially for that reason.

Prebiotics, Probiotics, and – Synbiotics? 

If you’ve been following along with Viome’s initiative, you may well be aware what prebiotics and probiotics are – though we don’t blame you if you occasionally get them mixed up. So let’s review. 

If someone were to ask you your favorite foods, you might say something like raspberries, chocolate mousse, and a good French croissant. But if you were to pose that question to many beneficial microbes – their answer may be in the form of fiber-rich foods like avocado, Jerusalem artichoke, and chicory root. That’s because many gut microbes prefer these specific hard to digest carbohydrates (called prebiotic foods) often found in fruits and vegetables. Consequently, when we feed them these prebiotic rich meals, they convert this fiber into a compound called butyrate – and other short-chain fatty acids (also called a postbiotic) – that our own gut epithelial cells (an important component of the gut lining) just eat up. This is your classic example of a symbiotic relationship. We consume something we can’t digest that our gut microbes love, and they convert it to something that’s great for our body.

And prebiotics do more than just support our gut lining – the microbes that favor them tend to be commensal microbes that promote a more balanced ecosystem.

But in cases where it’s the number of microbes that may be hurting your health, probiotics might be the next way to boost your overall numbers. Probiotics are, in fact, a supplement rich in bacteria that can help promote healthy activities inside your gut. When levels of these microbes are low, competitive pathogenic bacteria might be outnumbering them in their hometown. In addition, the role probiotics play in supporting your body’s immune system is well documented. Regular consumption of beneficial probiotics may give them a fighting chance to reclaim the playing field.

With both these supplements working to do similar functions, you might consider taking both. Two angles to address the same problem – and your thinking is right in line with many scientists. 

Synbiotics – The Perfect Combination?

These days, we’re seeing a new transition in the field of supplements that integrates the best of both worlds by creating a comprehensive supplement combining a little of each. These supplements, called synbiotics, work in synergy to promote a healthier gut environment.

And as Viome is dedicated to evolving as science evolves, our new line of prebiotic/probiotic supplements are just another example of how we’re modernizing the field of personalized nutrition. Using your Health Intelligence scores, we take a comprehensive look at your entire system. We create a personalized nutrition and supplement program – complete with your own line of individualized prebiotic and probiotic supplements to double the impact of improving your health.

That translates to a unique service personalized just for you with just what you need, nothing you don’t.

With only the highest quality ingredients looking to fill the gaps and promote a healthier internal system – our precision prebiotics and probiotics are made to order. They’re just another way Viome is diversifying our services to offer you the most comprehensive and specialized formula for your healthier, happier life.


The Future of Supplements is Here, Now!

Viome now introduces you to a new era in personalized nutrition, on a precision level: Viome Precision Supplements™!

New Viome Precision Supplements are based upon measuring your unique health insights using Viome’s world-leading science – from either your Health Intelligence™ or Gut Intelligence™ test. Your Precision Supplements are your own personal formula based on your unique biology on a molecular level. 

Your mixture is selected from over 200 premium ingredients including vitamins, super-nutrients, minerals, enzymes, food extracts, probiotics, and prebiotics, targeted to nurture your cells, mitochondria, and gut microbiome, addressing the specific health scores you need to focus on. Viome Precision Supplements give you just what you need, nothing that you don’t.

Monitor your improvements and progress, and get any needed adjustments to your Precision Supplements by re-testing every 4-6 months for new results and recommendations!


Find out more about Viome Precision Supplements on the Viome website, and purchase the test of your choice to get started!





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