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The Synergistic Effect of Herbs & Probiotics

The Cabinet — 11.13.23
by Rebecca Moragne

flowers and herbs in a beaker

Herbs in addition to probiotics help enhance the effect of probiotics. You can think of herbs as the food for probiotics.

Since many herbs contain prebiotics, these ingredients help the beneficial bacteria in the probiotic supplement colonize your gut since it now is given food to survive. Certain herbs may create an environment in the gut that is conducive to the growth and activity of beneficial gut bacteria, improving the overall balance of the gut microbiome.

Herbs, additionally, encompass a wide range of compounds with various benefits. For example, herbs like ginger, peppermint, and chamomile can soothe digestive discomfort. 

Herbs that support gut health alongside probiotics

Chicory Root: This prebiotic helps feed both the good bacteria already present as well as the probiotic, helping ensure the probiotic’s efficacy. 

Ginger: This antispasmodic helps relax the GI tract to relieve bloating and gas. 

Ajwain: Similar to ginger, ajwain helps protect and relax the GI lining to reduce disruptive gut indigestion. 

This information is for educational purposes only and should not be taken as medical advice. Please consult a physician before treating any disorder.

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