In simple terms, a prebiotic is the ‘favourite food’ of probiotic (good) bacteria. It helps probiotic bacteria to thrive and reproduce, but it doesn’t have the same effect on pathogenic (bad) bacteria that might be in residence.


Probiotics are big news in today’s health-conscious world. They are taken as treatment for a huge range of conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, antibiotic-related diarrhoea, skin conditions, allergies and weakened immunity. Probiotics are available
as capsules, liquid and chewables, as well as functional foods such as yoghurt.

Probiotic products can be expensive, so it makes sense to combine them with an effective prebiotic – you’ll get more bang for your buck.

ACTAZIN is a prebiotic for a number of probiotic bacteria, including the 'big two' – lactobacillus and bifidobacteria, which are already living in your large intestine. Consuming a supplement or functional food containing ACTAZIN, may help to increase your existing population of good bacteria.

Lactobacillus and bifidobacteria are also commonly included in probiotic foods and supplements. So if ACTAZIN is included as an ingredient, probiotic effects will be enhanced.

benefits resulting from growth of probiotic bacteria



This study shows that ACTAZIN caused significant growth of ‘good’ bacteria (bifidobacteria and lactobacillus), but didn’t assist ‘bad’ bacteria.

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Dr Juliet Ansell, Plant & Food Research New Zealand