Restoring Balance – The Power of Proteobiotics
Every gut lining – yours, your kid’s, even your cat or dog’s – is covered with numerous microorganisms that in combination with the metabolites, genes, proteins, and mucus they produce create a microbiome. Each of component of the microbiome plays a unique and valuable role in maintaining our overall gut health. While many have heard the benefits of prebiotics and probiotics, postbiotics are relatively new, and what we’re finding is they work faster and more efficiently than prebiotics and probiotics alone. Understanding the microbiome, and working to keep it in balance, is a great way to keep your pets feeling healthy.
First, a little bit of background. Probiotics have been known for centuries, and have been used traditionally in the fermentation of milk or alcoholic beverages. According to FAO/WHO, probiotics are live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit to the host. Today, many commercial products contain bacteria cultures, yeast cells or both to stimulate the various microorganisms – including probiotics – required to improve gut health. While activity, performance and possible mechanisms of action of probiotics depends on strain, each mechanism can help to correct gut dysbiosis (imbalance). Generally speaking, probiotics modify gut functioning and correct dysbiosis in one of three ways:
- out-competing harmful bacteria for food , nutrients, or binding sites on the intestinal lining
- having direct negative effects on pathogenic bacteria that are present
- Improving the response of immune system
The image below illustrates how probiotics work:
Establishing probiotic bacterial populations can be greatly improved by providing prebiotics, which are ingredients that, in essence, are not digestible by the animal, but feed the beneficial bacteria that exist in the microbiome. Prebiotics help probiotics to maintain gut balance and function.
Recent advances in technology have led to the discovery of postbiotics. These are the products that result when probiotics thrive under ideal growth conditions, and it turns out they’re really good for overall microbiome health. Proteobiotics are a specific type of postbiotic – found only in YGIA products – that have been demonstrated to inhibit communication of harmful bacteria on the cellular level. Meaning they can interrupt communication of these bacteria that allows for improvements in gut health and balance.
While still an emerging field, studies have indicated that postbiotics work more effectively and with fewer side effects than probiotics. More than that, they are broad-spectrum, meaning they work to disrupt the communication of a variety of infective agents.
So, what does this mean for your pet?
Gut imbalances – including diarrhea and other types of stomach upset – are the result of gut dysbiosis. This means your dog or cat gets sick because there is an imbalance in their microbiome. Restoring and maintaining balance is therefore key to helping pets feel their best.
Ygia products are a next generation probiotic – and the only pet supplement to include both probiotics and postbioics. Each product was designed with your pets in mind. Our proprietary proteobiotics – specifically produced when our La21 (L. acidophilus 21) probiotic is fed inulin (a targeted prebiotic) – works to quickly restore your pet’s gut balance. Ask your vet if Ygia products are right for your pet.
- Medellin-Pena, Maira J., and Mansel W. Griffiths. “Effect of molecules secreted by Lactobacillus acidophilus strain La-5 on Escherichia coli O157: H7 colonization.” Applied and environmental microbiology4 (2009): 1165-1172.