Looking to make both your gut and tastebuds happy? Meet AdvoCare Harmony™, our new powdered kombucha-containing supplement, packed with flavor and key gut healthy nutrients that’ll support your gut health and overall well-being! Kombucha, fermented tea, contains not only beneficial bacteria, but also important organic acids, B-vitamins, and amino acids. Having been around for centuries, kombucha is immune strengthening and linked with many health benefits.* In case you need even more convincing to give it a try, here are 9 reasons we LOVE this new product:
1.) Gut Health Synbiotic
Harmony is an all-around gut supporting synbiotic product containing prebiotics, probiotics, and postbiotics. This combination of ingredients together can synergistically promote a healthy balance of the good gut microbiota. * (Learn more about gut health in our articleThe Pros of Probiotics.
- Prebiotics – Inulin fiber from chicory
- Probiotics – from Bacillus coagulans and from kombucha
- Postbiotics – beta-glucan, called beta 1,3/1,6 glucan, from yeast
Harmony contains kombucha. Through the fermentation process of sweetened tea with the SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast), beneficial bacteria (probiotics) are produced. One serving of Harmony provides 1 billion CFU (colony forming units) of both naturally kombucha-generated and added probiotics. Probiotics help support a healthy digestive and immune system.*
Harmony contains the prebiotic inulin. A form of dietary fiber that becomes the food source for the gut microbiota, prebiotics help support the healthy composition and function of the gut microbiota. Prebiotics also support the immune system. Harmony is a good source of prebiotics (fiber) delivering 3 g per serving. Fiber is beneficial to overall health and well-being and most individuals do not consume the recommended amounts, 21-25 g per day for females and 30-38 g per day for men.*
The term postbiotic is derived from the Greek with ‘post’ meaning after, and ‘bios’ meaning life. Thus, postbiotics are beneficial substances that result after well-defined microbes are no longer alive. Postbiotic substances have beneficial effects in the body, such as reducing inflammation and/or supporting immunity. Harmony contains beta glucan arising from yeast. In particular, the beta glucan is part of the cell wall of the heat-inactivated (dead) yeast.*
5.) Immune Health
Each serving of Harmony contains a specific type of beta glucan called beta 1,3/1,6 glucan, which has been shown in research to help support, maintain and stimulate a healthy immune system. It does this by helping prime the immune system to ward off potentially harmful microbes. Some research suggests that beta glucan helps support the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut, thus it could also be considered a prebiotic.*
Harmony also contains black elderberry extract (Sambucas nigra), which has been used traditionally to support a healthy immune response.*
6.) Vitamins and Minerals
Harmony is an excellent of vitamins A, C, D and E and the minerals selenium and zinc, which are important for the proper function and maintenance of the immune system.*
7.) Low Sugar
One serving of Harmony contains 3g of added fruit sugar, which will have a minimal impact on blood sugar and insulin levels. Comparably, many commercial kombucha products contain significant amounts of added sugar, and some include as much as 20 grams of sugar per serving. For some individuals, too much added sugar can promote heightened levels of insulin, which can contribute to increased levels of hunger. Harmony’s low sugar levels can be helpful when trying to manage hunger levels.
One serving of Harmony provides 200mg of decaffeinated black tea from Camellia sinensis. Black tea, like green tea, contains polyphenols known to have potent antioxidant properties. Antioxidants help protect cell structures, which make up the body and its various organs from cell damaging free radicals. Some research suggests antioxidant polyphenols may also help support healthy bacteria in the gut.*
9.) Portable and Delicious:
Harmony contains a unique blend of ingredients to create a lightly bubbly, delicious and refreshing flavor. And, since it comes in a powdered-form, that means you can take it with you on-the-go!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.