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WITH FREE SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS OF ANY PRICE OR QUANTITY What are Probiotics? Hawaiian Raw Prebiotic contains microorganisms which are usually bacteria similar to the beneficial microorganisms found in your stomach. The probiotic good bacteria found in your stomach is similar to that found in yogurt, sauerkraut etc. and is also similar to that found in breast fed infants (who have natural protection against many diseases). Probiotic foods are similar to prebiotics, but usually require constant refrigeration. Foods high in probiotics include; yogurt, fermented and unfermented milk, miso, tempeh, and some juices and soy beverages. Probiotics are also known as the "friendly bacteria " or "good bacteria" of the body. They can also be used as a form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Why Prebiotics are better. FOS (fructooligosaccharides also known as fructo oligosaccharides), or natural fructan, (which are part of the inulin family) are not degraded or absorbed in the upper intestinal tract (flora probiotics), and so can survive the normally hazardous passage through the digestive system to reach the colon. However, you cannot eat enough of these foods in a normal diet to provide a significant prebiotic effect, which is why you will need to take a supplement. The main advantage of prebiotics over probiotics is that it can be difficult to guarantee the survival of the replacement bacteria after ingestion. In other words, you may eat lots of yogurt or sauerkraut to give your gut good bacteria, but the acidic environment of the stomach, plus the action of bile is lethal to many of the replacement strains. The only way around this is to eat a food that acts synergistically with the yogurt, and makes it past the acidic environment of the stomach where it can be safely fermented in the colon. Therefore the best probiotics possible is a Prebiotic Supplement such as Hawaiian Raw Prebiotics. When you use prebiotics such as Hawaiian Raw Prebiotics, you specifically target those strains of micro-organism that keep the gut healthy. Clinical trials on humans have already shown this works, using substances called oligosaccharides as prebiotics. Oligosaccharides or FOS are not degraded or absorbed in the upper intestinal tract, which means they easily survive the normally hazardous passage through the digestive system to replenish the body with good bacteria. However, you cannot eat enough of these foods in a normal diet to provide a significant prebiotic effect, which is why you will need to take a supplement. Prebiotics uses the molecular approach to re-build the good bacteria in the human body. Prebiotics are also better because they are less expensive and act synergistically (when two compounds are combined the effects are increased and/or multiplied) with Probiotics. An example would be Yogurt and Hawaiian Raw Prebiotics. The Hawaiian Raw Prebiotics formula actually not only increases the good bacteria in your body, but gives the good bacteria in the yogurt a food source to feed on, thus multiplying the benefits of the Hawaiian Raw Prebiotics supplement. To learn more about this synergism, also known as Synbiotics, visit the Wikipedia term of "Synbiotics". Hawaiian Raw Prebiotics intentionally uses non digestible food ingredients that selectively stimulate the growth and/or activity of beneficial microorganisms already in your colon. This enhances the symbiotic relationship with probiotics foods that are taken as mentioned earlier such as yogurt, pickles etc.. Like All Hawaiian Raw products, Hawaiian Raw Prebiotic is shipped free from Hawaii