Since the dawn of time, humans have been accidentally and intentionally fermenting foodstuffs. Throughout history, fermentation has been embraced for its benefits of preserving food, decreasing spoilage, and quite simply making food taste better. Eventually, real health benefits were realized. Because of these innovations, a seemingly never-ending supply of products claiming immune and digestive health benefits for humans has made their way to store shelves. They come in the form of prebiotic- and probiotic-enriched foods and supplements. Having all these products available to benefit humans is great, but doggone it, what about the other four-legged members of the family? Can they benefit as well? The answer is YES! And the best way to support our pets’ health is through postbiotics.
Postbi – What?
Like millions of people, you are probably familiar with other members in the “biotic” family, namely prebiotics and probiotics. The term postbiotic is most likely new to you. According to the International Scientific Association of Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP), “A postbiotic is a preparation of inanimate microorganisms and/or their components that confers a health benefit to the host. Postbiotics may contain intact inanimate microbial cells and/or microbial cell fragments/structures with or without metabolites/end products.”
So, what is the difference between prebiotics, probiotics, and postbiotics?
Prebiotics, which are not live organisms, are substrates often found in plant cell walls. In a sense, they are the fuel for beneficial microorganisms in the gut and essentially feed probiotics.
Probiotics, such as live beneficial bacteria and yeast, are often supplemented to provide extra Factories in the gut to utilize prebiotics to create metabolites.
Postbiotics are produced through precise fermentation inputs and processes to create beneficial metabolites, or the Goods. Produced by bacteria and yeast, the metabolites present in postbiotics include the Goods that support health such as amino acids, vitamins, short chain fatty acids, and more. As probiotics feed on prebiotics, postbiotics are produced; however, postbiotics have even more value. Because postbiotics do not contain live microorganisms, the risk associated with their intake is minimized. This is what makes postbiotics a real game-changer.
Introducing EpiCor® Pets Postbiotic Ingredient
EpiCor® Pets is a postbiotic product composed of metabolites and beneficial compounds made through a natural fermentation process. This postbiotic ingredient has natural antioxidant power and supports a dog’s immune defenses to help them live more healthy days. With EpiCor Pets postbiotic, you can fast-track and deliver metabolites, and all the health benefits they offer, directly to the gut! Plus, EpiCor Pets is formulated friendly. It’s stable through extrusion and other manufacturing processes and has a savory flavor that dogs love, making it simple to create supplements they’ll enjoy.
A New Way to Support Pet’s Immune & Gut Health
Pets are part of the family. Therefore, it’s makes sense that pet parents will continue to seek natural, novel, and wholesome ingredients in pet products that deliver visible wellness and vitality benefits. Postbiotics are proven to address and support these important human-animal bond touchpoints. In this era of increased awareness of health, the powerful benefits of EpiCor Pets is a timely, safe and reliable choice for pet food, treat and supplement products.
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