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Galacto-Oligosaccharides: Health Benefits | Gundry MD

While it may be a mouthful to say, galacto-oligosaccharides refer to the non-digestible carbohydrates that are able to resist your gastrointestinal and digestive enzymes. In other words, galacto-oligosaccharides are nondigestible fiber — and they happen to have prebiotic capabilities.

As you may already know, prebiotics are essential to feed and fuel probiotics. So, while prebiotics are made up of fibrous material your body is unable to digest, they get into your digestive tract whole and make themselves useful as your “good gut bugs’” (or probiotics’) primary food source.2

Galacto-oligosaccharides is the collective word for the group of carbs composed of oligo-galactose. They contain both lactose and glucose. And while they can be commercially produced from lactose and β-galactosidase, they can also occur naturally in human milk.3,4 

Galacto-oligosaccharides are produced by glycoside hydrolases. They use lactose as a substrate.5

History Of Galacto-Oligosaccharides

Now, oligosaccharides take form from monosaccharides through chemical synthesis and by the action of different mineral acids. This process is called “reversion.” Essentially, reversion is the production of oligosaccharides during the acidic hydrolysis of lactose. Reversion was initially observed in the early 1950s.6 

But it wasn’t until 1995 that Japan made galacto-oligosaccharides commercially available. Today, you’ll often see galacto-oligosaccharides in infant formulas and other conventional foods.7

In the European Union, the safety of galacto-oligosaccharide was reviewed by the Scientific Committee on Food in 2003 and was approved for use in infants. Then, in 2008, galacto-oligosaccharides also received a “no questions” letter from the Food And Drug Administration, recognizing their status as a safe ingredient.8

Top Potential Health Benefits For Of Galacto-Oligosaccharides

When discussing the potential health benefits of prebiotic Galacto-oligosaccharides, it is essential to note that they are nondigestible carbohydrates. Galacto-oligosaccharides are also resistant to many of the enzymes you’ll find in the gastrointestinal digestive system.9† 

However, prebiotic Galacto-oligosaccharides can be fermented by colonic bacteria. When fermentation occurs, Galacto-oligosaccharides may support the growth and metabolism of good-for-you probiotics and beneficial intestinal bifidobacteria.10

Furthermore, there are a collection of clinical studies that happen to review the use of daily Galacto-oligosaccharides (up to 15 grams per day) that show how Galacto-oligosaccharides may help support healthy bowel function in adults. Studies have also suggested that Galacto-oligosaccharides may have a potential prebiotic, bifidogenic effect on colonic flora.11

Finally, there is also considerable evidence pointing to the fact that the consumption of Galacto-oligosaccharides might also help potentially support:

  • Better mineral absorption† 
  • Healthier lipid metabolism†
  • Immune function12

Which Gundry MD Supplements Include Galacto-oligosaccharides?

PrebioThrive is a great-tasting prebiotic mix that utilizes the power of Galacto-oligosaccharides along with other beneficial ingredients. By helping your “good bacteria” flourish, PrebioThrive offers support for healthier digestion.† 

Where to buy PrebioThrive supplements is an easy question to answer. Just click on the link above. You can read PrebioThrive reviews and more when you visit Gundry MD’s website. As always, consult with your doctor before making any changes to your diet, including supplements. 


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