The Jar Trends: postbiotics
Vegourmet, e-food, lab-grown meat...looking into 2022 food trends has taken an unexpectedly exiting and somehow futuristic turn.
The Jar Healthy Vending team decided not to go too far and cover something more practical in this week's little digest - postbiotics.
We have already gotten lost a few times in pro- and pre- biotics. However, finally got those things sorted in a few of our blogs - check the latest one here.
And, obviously, loaded The Jar Vault with healthy gut-healing probiotic-infused snacks and drinks to support your immune system and uplift your mood wherever you are - in the office, shopping centre or running errands across the city.
The Jar Pollen and Grace Kimchi Soup
But is it really a new hot thing and how where should we stack up on those?
Postbiotics are byproducts of probiotic bacterial fermentation. When probiotics feed on certain types of fiber molecules in order to thrive, they leave behind “waste products” that are collectively called postbiotics.
The microbiota therefore naturally releases postbiotics, which in turn help regulate the composition of the microbiome.
Postbiotics are largely associated with fermented foods such as sourdough bread and yoghurt. But wait, aren't those probiotics?
What's the difference between probiotics and postbiotics then?
The primary difference is that the phrase probiotics refers to live microorganisms, while postbiotics refers to inanimate (inactivated or dead cells) microorganisms or their components.
As we learn more about how probiotics work, science has shown that some microorganisms don’t need to be alive to confer a benefit. There might be parts of a microorganism’s cell that interacts with our body (e.g. our immune system), and this part of the cell might be present whether that cell is alive or dead.
Scientific research has confirmed that postbiotics may help maintain a healthy immune system, support a healthy digestive system, and help balance the microbiome in our gut.
Where to find?
For the most part, postbiotic supplements are still not widely available, especially compared to the number of probiotic products on the market.
However, you can also naturally increase your production of postbiotics by including certain foods in your diet, especially those with prebiotics and probiotics. Some of the best food and supplement sources to boost postbiotic concentration include:
Spirulina and chlorella — Types of algae that help detox the body, reduce inflammation, feed beneficial bacteria and possibly help increase secretory immunoglobulin A, which improves gut health.
Grape pomace — The solid remains of grapes, olives or other fruit that contains skins, pulp, seeds and stems of the fruit. These provide energy for probiotics, which in turn boosts postbiotics.
Fermented aloe — Helps with detoxification, digestive support and producing immune-boosting beta-glucans.
Apple cider vinegar and coconut vinegar
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