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GCU study on Edinburgh-based prebiotic water proves a success 

ió fibrewater

A GCU study has shown that ió fibrewater significantly increases probiotic microbes in 48 hours when compared to regular flavoured water.

Prebiotics are proven to be a precursor of general health and wellbeing, with over 4,000 research papers documenting a wide range of health benefits. This in vitro study evidences the functionality of ió fibrewater and the potential for multiple health benefits.

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 ió fibrewater is an innovative and award-winning functional water and is the first product range launched by the Edinburgh-based business – The Prebiotic Company Ltd.  A winner of the prestigious Scottish Edge Wildcard award for innovation, ió fibrewater delivers 100% of the daily recommended prebiotics intake and is made with a proprietary blend of soluble fibres that includes prebiotic chicory root fibre (inulin).  

There are over 4,000 research articles on prebiotics and chicory root fibre proving a wide range of health benefits, including improved appetite control, improved sleep and mood, better functioning of the immune system, and a reduced risk of colon cancer, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. 

As a Scottish Funding Council initiative, Dr John Butcher and Dr Ryan Keane from Glasgow Caledonian University, Health and Life Sciences department, found that the friendly probiotics S. Boulardii increased by an incredible 4 million percent and B. Coagulans by 25 thousand percent with ió fibrewater when compared to regular flavoured water after 48 hours. 

Dr John Butcher, School of Health and Life Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University, commented: “The food science research team at Glasgow Caledonian University has had a long-standing interest in gut health and the impact of the gut microbiota on general health and wellbeing. We were really excited to investigate the prebiotic properties of ió fibrewater by researching the effect of this formulation on traditional and novel probiotic bacteria and yeasts.  

We found that the prebiotic blend of ió fibrewater increased the viability of Lactobacillus species, Bacillus coagulans (B. Coagulans), and Saccharomyces boulardii (S. Boulardii), while initial studies on Bifidobacterium have shown similar promise. This indicates that ió fibrewater is likely to promote the growth of these healthy bacteria and yeasts in the gut. This is excellent in and of itself and is outstanding when combined with the product’s organoleptic qualities.”

Additionally, ió fibrewater is supported by two authorised UK and EU health claims for digestive health and slowing and lowering blood glucose rise due to the chicory root fibre ingredient included in ió fibrewater. 

Bottles of ió fibrewater are available to buy on the company website and on Amazon.

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