A new prebiotic supplement has recently hit the market. Gut Garden’s Resistant Starch Prebiotic Fiber Blend is a gut health supplement that features raw potato starch as a key ingredient. This unique blend also contains glucomannan, Larch arabinogalactin, Chicory root inulin, and Acacia senegal.
The ingredient list of Gut Garden’s blend is a who’s who of fibers used over the years in studies on gut health, each ingredient a proven prebiotic. Prebiotics are special fiber types that promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the human gut.
What’s a Prebiotic?
“A prebiotic is a selectively fermented ingredient that allows specific changes, both in the composition and/or activity in the gastrointestinal microflora that confers benefits upon host well-being and health.” (Wikipedia).
I’ve spoken with Lily Lopez, Gut Garden’s founder (Facebook Page), and she says this blend helped her to overcome years of gut problems that conventional approaches could not fix. I’ve been writing for several years about the benefits of this type fiber blend, and while it is entirely possible to simply buy the different fibers and make your own blends, these fibers are expensive.
At $39.99 for a pound, this seems a bit expensive. However, if you’ve ever put a custom blend together at home, you know how expensive these fibers can be. Larch Arabinogalactin sells for about $36/pound; Glucomannan, $20/pound; Inulin is found for around $20/pound; and Acacia senegal can set you back $50 for a pound! So to make this blend on your own, you’ll need to lay out well over $120 for the ingredients. And while it certainly might make sense to some of you to go this route, many prefer the simplicity of a proven blend, mixed and packaged for convenience.
For those new to prebiotics, or as a gift this Christmas, I think that a blend like this is a really good idea. It takes a lot of the guesswork out of sourcing individual ingredients and lets you try a blend that worked well for Lily Lopez and others.
Just to be clear, I’m not in any way “in cahoots” with Lily or Gut Garden, I’m just excited to see this blend on the market. It shows me that people have been listening to me (and others) for the last couple years. I even tried to make a marketable prebiotic product, but I found the hurdles were too great, especially living in Alaska, far from transportation hubs, packaging facilities, and Amazon warehouses.
I’ve worked in similar fashion, pro bono, for the makers of Wedo Gluten Free Banana Flour, Super Stacks Prebiotic+, and Elixa Probiotics (and their soon to be prebiotics!). If you buy any of these products by clicking my links, I may get a small referral fee, but, trust me, these referral fees are not enough to make me want to steer you towards a bad product! Five years ago, I don’t think there were any prebiotic supplements available, they’ve started slowly appearing, but most of what I see is a waste of time. There are several products that contain “fiber” sold as prebiotics, but the fiber types and dosing are all wrong. As I see new products hit the shelves, I will do my best to highlight them.
Gut Garden would like to offer my readers a special discount of 15% off for purchases bought through Amazon. Just enter the code XEPW9SOG when you check out. This blend can also be bought at the Gut Garden website, and they run special offers from time to time, as well.
Prebiotic fiber blends and resistant starch supplements are just starting to appear. It pays to do your homework to ensure that you are getting a quality product and not just a jar of sawdust. I think that everyone would benefit by taking a prebiotic supplement unless you are eating a diet that specifically focuses on quality fiber. I think it’s best to get all of your fiber and resistant starches from real foods, but as I have discovered, it’s pretty hard to do (though not impossible, as Angelo Coppola shows us!). Alternatively, buy (or make) a prebiotic blend that you like, and take it on days when your diet is lacking in quality plant fiber, especially around the holidays when bad food choices abound.
If anyone has any questions about Gut Garden’s new RS blend, I’m sure that Lily Lopez will be thrilled to answer them here.