227 – The Next Generation of Probiotic and Prebiotics – My Interview with Dr. Jason Mitchell

How well does your digestive system work?

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The digestive process starts as soon as you place food in your mouth.  The saliva and chewing are the first steps to proper digestion of you food.  Present in saliva are some enzymes that start the process.  In the mouth also exist the presence of good and bad bacteria.  More on bacteria in a minute.

After chewing your food you then swallow.  When you swallow the food will travel the entire length of the GI (Gastrointestinal) tract by a process called peristalsis which is the muscular contractions designed to propel food forward.  This movement is sort of like a wave in the ocean.  Once swallowed the food travel down the throat and esophagus to the stomach.  The presence of food in the stomach initiates the production of acid, which is key in breaking down the food.

A little Digestive Trivia: How much acid on average will your stomach produce daily? Approximately 2 liters
After the food has been broken down in the stomach it moves on to the small intestines.  This is where food particles are digested and nutrients are extracted.  Whatever remains, is considered by the body to be waste.

More Digestive Trivia: How long are the small intestines? Approximately 20 feet
The so-called waste now enters the large intestines or as it is often referred  “the Colon”.  Here the water is removed from the waste and absorbed.  The remaining waste material is then eliminated through the rectum and anus.  In colon is lined with a protective mucosal barrier.  A healthy mucosal barrier protects the body from absorbing potentially harmful organisms and toxins.

What is a Probiotic?
The word Probiotic, according to the WHO (World Health Organization) www.who.int, means:

“Probiotics are living microorganisms, which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.”

“Pro” means “For”
Biotic means “Life”
Probiotic means “Pro-Life”

In other words, probiotics are “good bacteria”.  Your native intestinal micro flora is your indigenous probiotics.  Probiotic supplements provide beneficial living bacteria, such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobactia, that help to support digestive balance and digestive health.

Many factors may contribute to an imbalance of your native gut flora such as diet, stress, illness, certain medications such as antibiotics, aging and much more.  Such an imbalance may contribute to digestive upset and may lead to other issues.

BacteriaThe concept of probiotics was born in the early 20th century when Russian scientist Elie Metchnikoff hypothesized about the use of fermented milk and using them to elicit health benefits for people that consumed the yogurt like fermented milk.  He concluded that the fermented milk product helped to “seed” the intestines with friendly beneficial bacteria.  By seeding the intestines with these friendly probiotic bacteria he found that it may help suppress the growth of bad bacteria or at the very least keep things in balance.  These fermented milks are the best examples of early probiotics.

Modern probiotics have become a great deal more convenient and in many cases possibly more powerful and even more focused.

What is a Prebiotic?
It is food for the probiotics.  These prebiotics actually help the probiotics grow and flourish.  They are extremely important in supporting the survival of probiotics.

Prebiotics important properties include:

  • Healthy bacteria- building potential
  • They are actually fiber
  • They are indigestible by bad bacteria
  • They are food for the probiotics
  • The three most common prebiotics are Inulin (used in all Probulin products), oligofructose, and polydextrose.

It is key when choosing a probiotic supplement that you look for prebiotic fiber like Inulin.

Why Probulin?

All Probulin®products are formulated by board certified Naturopathic Doctor Jason Mitchell along with prominent gastroenterologist, award winning author, founder of Kansas Medical Clinic and author of Probiotics For Dummies, Dr. Shekhar Challa.  Probulin produces  quality probiotic supplements. Probulin represents “The Next Generation in Probiotics.”  Probulin products proudly feature the following:

Shelf Stable
Include a minimum of 7 to 12 strains of beneficial probiotic bacteria in every product.
Includes the patent pending MAKTrek 3-D Probiotic Delivery System
Gluten Free
Soy Free
Wheat Free
Dairy Free
Magnesium Stearate Free
Vegetarian Capsules
All beneficial probiotic strains used are documented strains
All formulations are put together and based on scientific research
Each Probulin® product is designed to support digestive health and digestive balance


What is MAKTrek 3-D Probiotic Delivery System?
The MAKTrek 3-D Probiotic Delivery System provides significant safeguards that may ensure better survival of the living beneficial probiotic bacteria.  The following are the 3 D’s of the MAKTrek 3-D system:

  • 1st – Two Step Acid Protection: The probiotic bacteria are enrobed by an extract of Brown Seaweed (Lessonia nigrescens) called complex marine polysaccharides. Once blended the final powder is encapsulated. When the capsule is swallowed it will come in contact with the stomach acid.  The acid will then dissolve the capsule.  The complex marine polysaccharides will form a secondary internal capsule protecting the living probiotic cells from the acid.
  • 2nd – In-Transit Buffering: This step is a proprietary all natural buffering system that helps to support the in-transit digestive environment condition.  Probiotic cells prefer balance and this system supports this balance.
  • 3rd – Additional Safeguards: The researched and documented strains used are naturally equipped to handle exposure to some common environmental elements that can and do make survival difficult for these beneficial probiotic bacteria. The MAKTrek 3-D Probiotic Delivery System has been scientifically studied using a specified stomach acid exposure simulation.  During this simulation the MAKTrek 3-D protected probiotic supplement showed greater survival than simply acid protection alone.

About Jason Mitchell ND, CEO
Dr. Jason Mitchell grew up in the natural products industry and being exposed at such a young age to the value of healthy eating and natural living has shaped his ideology on living a higher quality of life.  Dr. Mitchell has spent the last 15 years of his professional career developing over 200 industry leading dietary supplements.  Before becoming the Chief Executive Officer for Probulin and its family of companies he was most recently the Chief Science Officer and one of the managing executives for Country life Vitamins.

Dr. Mitchell is a board certified Naturopathic Doctor and member of the American Naturopathic Medical Association as well as a member of the Certified Natural Health Professionals.

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