Just when we thought our gut was totally killing it these days we now know the one thing it’s missing. Prebiotics. Nope, not probiotics, but pre-biotics and, yes, there’s a difference. We didn’t know that either.
We’re fresh off our mushroom coffee experiment and like everything in the health supplement market, there’s now a new trend. And if you thought you were up to your creaky elbows in vitamins already, there’s another you can add to your list; prebiotic gummies. Hey, at least the “gummy” trend is still going strong because we basically feel like we’re eating a little candy each and every morning.
So what is this all about, you ask? Well, we’re clearly not doctors around here so we’re not here to make any claims. However, we did consult with actual doctors over at Healthline and we learned a lot.
In easy to digest terms (pun sort of intended), a prebiotic acts as food for the healthy bacteria in your gut. We, of course, want to protect ourselves from harmful bacteria. Duh! And good bacteria (yes, it’s a thing) just may help with improving some symptoms of depression, may help with weight loss and weight related issues, may help reduce inflammation, may help lower cholesterol, and may help improve bowel movements. Hooray to all of that!
Basically, according to the experts, prebiotics will act as fertilizers that’ll help stimulate the growth of your healthy bacteria. They can be found in all kinds of fruits and vegetables with complex carbohydrates but, let’s be real, we’d rather just take a gummy and be done with it. Yeah?
So that’s exactly what we did. First, of course, we researched some of the best on the market. Luckily we did at least know some of the brand names, so that was a good start. One of the main problems we found, however, was that most brands out there are either strictly probiotics or a combo of both. It’s tough to find gummies that are strictly prebiotic. But, don’t worry, we did find some.
Right now the two major brands crushing it in this space, you probably already heard of. We’re talking about Yuve and Olly. We wanted to be strict about it, so we went with Yuve (more on them below). Here’s the thing. Gummies taste good and, TBH, do you ever actually feel a difference when taking them? Not always. But at least you know you’re doing something good. Hopefully.
Overall, we liked it. However, that could be because they typically taste like candy….and that’s always a great way to start your morning! And we can’t be alone because a recent study suggests the prebiotic market is projected to grow to $9.4 billion (yes, billion) by 2027. Wait, are we late to the game?!
Hopefully this isn’t TMI, but we always seem to have some kind of issue with our stomach and, at times bathroom habits. After test-driving these for about a month we think we actually have had less overall digestive issues. Honestly, not like life-changing, but we did notice at least a small difference. Did it help with our weight? Well, we were also exercising about 3-4 days a week (go us!) so we did drop a couple of pounds – but can’t say, for sure, it was because of the vitamin. Either way, we’ll take it!
We’ll probably keep taking them because we’re a sucker for a trend and we’re a sucker for a gummy. Our final verdict? So, do it!
Below we put together a quick list of some of the current top selling options for you. There are a couple that are for both probiotics and prebiotics….more bang for your buck and your gut!
If you’re looking to give this a go, check out our picks for some of the best prebiotic gummies (so far) in 2021.
Yuve Vegan Prebiotic Gummies
Amazon Ratings: +290
For the Vegan-Friendly
Currently a top seller (and the one we bought), this one is vegan friendly! It even contains some of the trendy must-haves like Chicory root. It contains 60 yummy gummies in fun flavors like strawberry, peach, and blackberry. Oh, and did we mention it’s made up of an all natural plant-based formula? Bonus! This one may help control your weight and appetite, so if that’s a thing for you, enjoy! Learn more here!
BeLive Pre-Biotic Sugar Free Gummies
Amazon Ratings: +1,600
$15.50 (6% Off!)
For the Sugar-Free Lover
Another top pick, and highly rated, this option is sugar free and contains the famous Chicory root and fiber. If you’re into red apple flavor, well, you’re in luck because this is a one-flavor choice. Luckily, we like red apple. It comes as a 4-count and you only need to take just one per day. Easy!. Learn more here!
For the Strawberry Fans
Not only are these yummy, but they’re actually some of the cheaper options on the market, which is a nice change of pace because some can really be expensive. These strawberry chewables come as a 60 count and you can even save up to 20% off if you choose their Autoship option! Learn more here!
Olly Pre and Probiotic
Amazon Ratings: +4,700
$10.50 (30% Off!)
For the Best of Both Worlds
Personally we love Olly (we have so many of their vitamins), but they only had this combo for both pre and pro so we had to pass. Had they strictly been pro, we would have gone with them. Anyway, these are a 30-day supply, are a fun peach flavor and, honestly, the little sprinkle of sugar on the outside is a game changer. Learn more here!
Amazon Ratings: +5,900
$18.88 (24% Off!)
For the Brand Loyalist
You can never go wrong with Align! And this is another example where they made theirs into a DualBiotic. They’re for both men and women, come in a 60-count, and come as assorted flavors like orange, cherry, and grape. The classics! Oh, and two gummies only total up to 1g of sugar. Genius! Learn more here!