What is ZenBiotic?
ZenBiotic is a neuroscientist-developed comprehensive probiotic and prebiotic supplement designed to support a healthy brain and happy mood. By supporting a balanced gut microbiome, Zenbiotic can improve digestive, immune and mental health. ZenBiotic contains 11 probiotic strains, prebiotics, and gut supporting vitamin D3 and N-acetyl-cysteine, all in a delayed-release capsule, to ensure that they reach their destination in the intestines. All probiotic species were chosen based on scientific research exhibiting positive effects on neurotransmitter production, resilience to stress, reduction in depressive behaviors, and regulation of the HPA (Hypothalamas-pituitary-adrenal) axis mediated stress response.
The Gut-Brain Relationship
Emerging research has shown that the brain and gut are intimately linked and communicate with each other. This communication network is called the ‘gut-brain axis’. The gut contains millions of nerve cells that transmit information to and from the brain. To give you some perspective, there are more nerve cells in the gastrointestinal tract than there are in the spinal chord. Recent science has discovered that the population of organisms in our gut called the microbiome, have dramatic influence on mental health and wellbeing.
Did you know that 90% of our body’s neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine are made in the gut? Many of the bacteria, fungi and archaea in our gut play crucial roles in regulating neurotransmitter production, nutrient extraction, formation of B vitamins, inflammation, immune response and protection from pathogenic bacteria. When the populations of microbes in our intestines become imbalanced, we can experience depression, anxiety, low energy, increased pain, brain fog, digestive issues, food allergies and the development of autoimmune conditions.
With the discovery of the importance of the gut microbiome to psychiatric health, a new route for probiotic supplements emerge as “psychobiotics”. The science suggests that the future of addressing mental conditions in not so much in our brains, but actually in our guts.
In addition to 6 lactobaccilus and 3 bifidobacterium species, ZenBiotic contains two clinically studied strains of Baccilus as B. subtilis DE111 and B. coagulans Lactospore. Bacillus bacteria are spore-forming, meaning they can withstand heat and stomach acid and survive until they reach the intestine, where they then proliferate very successfully. Baccilus are soil-based organisms, and have remained virtually unchanged by evolution for millions of years. They have an amazing ability to restore balance in the microbiome, by intelligently discerning between overgrown or pathogenic bacteria, and “good” bacteria. Promising research shows they have a huge capacity to reduce intestinal permeability or “leaky gut” which appears to be a driving mechanism for the development of autoimmune conditions. Some Baccilus species have also been discovered as the first known probiotic to create antioxidant molecules such as beta-carotene, Lycopene, Lutein, Astaxanthin, Zeaxanthin. Presence of sporeforming baccilus strains in ZenBiotic provides protective effects to the other non-spore forming species, giving them improved survival of heat and stomach acid.
ZenBiotic contains a cutting-edge phage technology complex that acts a novel type of prebiotic. Phages are bacteria-specific viruses. The FDA approved strains in ZenBiotic target specific strains of E. Coli that are pathogenic and inhibit the growth of commensal or “good” gut bacteria. The phages kill the E. Coli, freeing up space in the gut for good guys to inhabit, and spill out the E. Coli’s cellular contents, which act as a nutrient fertilizer feeding surrounding good bacteria. Studies show that combining phages with probiotics can yield a 10-40 time increase in the amount of good gut bacteria in the colon and feces. PreforPro patented phage technology does not feed bad bacteria and cause bloating or gas like other prebiotic fibers.