Who should I recommend Bimuno to?
On a public health level, anyone who is not consuming enough prebiotic fibre through their diet should consider a prebiotic supplement.
A government survey carried out on behalf of Public Health England suggests that only 9% of adults in the UK are consuming the recommended intake of 30g fibre per day.1 Non-fermentable fibre provides many functional benefits and is associated with heart health, digestive health and bowel regularity.
Prebiotic (fermentable) fibre found in foods such as legumes, onions, Jerusalem artichokes is fermented by good bacteria and contributes to a diverse gut microbiome, which in turn is associated with good overall health. Those consistently lacking fermentable fibre through their diet should consider a prebiotic food supplement such as Bimuno®.
You may wish to specifically recommend prebiotics to clients/patients who have consulted you because of bloating, constipation or IBS related abdominal pain. As a food supplement, Bimuno is not a medicine and does not offer a treatment or cure, but may be of use to people who are experiencing the effects of a diet low in prebiotic fibre. Studies have shown that Bimuno, a non-inulin based prebiotic, can be effective in alleviating these complaints, particularly at a lower dose (half a sachet of Bimuno DAILY or two Bimuno IBAID pastilles).2, 3, 4
Individuals taking Antibiotics
Prebiotics and probiotics may help to reduce the negative effects of antibiotics on the gut microbiome. Boosting the intake of dietary prebiotics or taking a prebiotic supplement, will help the beneficial bacteria in the gut to thrive and correct an imbalance that may potentially occur. Prebiotics act like a fertilizer, feeding the good gut bacteria, stimulating their growth and helping them thrive so they can support gut health and improve overall wellbeing. Probiotics, on the other hand, may seed the gut with beneficial bacteria to keep things in balance.
- 1 https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/699241/NDNS_results_years_7_and_8.pdf
- 2 Silk et al (2009), https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1365-2036.2008.03911.x
- 3 Vulevic et al (2018), https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/nmo.13440
- 4 Huaman et al (2018), https://www.gastrojournal.org/article/S0016-5085(18)34687-0/fulltext
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