Let’s talk IsoFiber™ — a champion ingredient, which is included in Amare MentaBiotics Sugar Free, Amare Kids FundaMentals and Amare GBX SuperFood products. IsoFiber, known as Isomalto-oligosaccharide, contains a combination of naturally occurring prebiotic plant fibers that are clinically shown to improve the growth of specific probiotic strains.
Check out the FAQs below to learn more about IsoFiber (Isomalto-oligosaccharide) and all the great things it helps with!
What is IsoFiber?
IsoFiber is Amare’s branded version of the prebiotic Isomalto-oligosaccharide (IMO). What does that mean you may ask? It’s a prebiotic fiber that is a mixture of short chain carbohydrates, which makes it resistant to digestion and; therefore, is more effective throughout the gastrointestinal system.
What does IsoFiber come from?
It comes from various starches and goes through an enzymatic process, which results in an oligosaccharide.
What are its benefits?
IsoFiber is a multifunctional molecule which exerts positive effects on human digestive health, prebiotic supplementation, probiotic flourishment, and digestion. It also has a sweet flavor profile with a low glycemic index.
Why is IsoFiber an important prebiotic?
Prebiotics are defined as “non-digestible food ingredients that may beneficially affect the host by selectively stimulating the growth and/or activity of a limited number of bacteria in the colon.” Oligosaccharides that are not digested and absorbed in the small intestine, pass through to the colon where they are fermented by Bifidobacteria, enhancing the proliferation of the bacteria. In this respect, fermentable oligosaccharides may be considered prebiotics. The oligosaccharides in the IMO mixtures in IsoFiber are, at least partially, fermented by bacteria in the colon and may; therefore, stimulate the growth of bacterial subpopulations.
What good bacteria does it help grow?
Short chain oligosaccharides which confer prebiotic properties also produce short-chain fatty acids (like acetate, propionate and butyrate) as end-products of fermentation. These molecules decrease the intra-luminal pH, directly inhibiting the growth and activity of harmful micro-organisms (enteropathogens). This stimulates the growth of Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus, which compete with the enteropathogens for nutrients and epithelial adhesion sites. The beneficial effects of IMO in IsoFiber have been found in infants, children and the elderly.