What Are Nucleotides? Part 4 – Microbiome
Last time we saw how some of the nucleotides in your diet are taken up by the cells of your gut lining and the immune system cells associated with your gut. They benefit from using this external source rather than needing to build their own. Those nucleotides not taken up by your body are available for use by the bacteria in your gut microbiome.
The microbiome is the name given to this collection of bacteria and other microbes (with their corresponding genes). Recent research shows that these microbes play an important role enhancing your overall health status. They support immune function, balance your mood, and regulate your metabolism.
There are trillions of cells in your body, but an even larger number of cells inside your gut. We all have a symbiotic relationship with our microbiome. We provide a home for this colony of microbes and, in turn, they support our health.
Just as the cells of your own body take up nucleotides from your diet, so do the good bacteria in your gut. The nucleotides that reach your gut allow those bacteria to reduce the quantity of nucleotides they must build from scratch. This enables them to grow faster and supports better gut health.
The other ingredient in nuBound, the prebiotic, provides complementary support for these good microbes. Many people confuse prebiotics and probiotics. The difference is subtle, but simple.
Pro-biotics are living organisms that colonize your gut and become part of your microbiome. Examples of probiotics are the live bacteria and yeasts found in yogurt, fermented foods like kimchi, and probiotic supplements. Some popular probiotics on the market are Activia® yogurt from Dannon or Align® Probiotic from P&G.
Pre-biotics are food for the microbes in your gut. They are a type of carbohydrate that can’t be broken down or absorbed in your stomach and small intestine. They proceed to your colon where they are fermented and become food for your microbiome.
Many food labels, under the listing for Total Carbohydrate, will contain a line for Dietary Fiber. These non-digestible carbohydrates are one type of prebiotic. nuBound uses a special prebiotic that doesn’t just provide food for your microbiome, it also shifts the composition toward higher levels of healthy bacteria.
The unique benefit of nuBound is this double-barreled support for enhanced gut health. The nucleotides enable better reproduction of good bacteria by supplying ingredients they would otherwise have to build. The prebiotics provide a high quality food that enhances the growth of good bacteria in the gut.
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