Media Glossary

BiomeBliss is a dietary supplement designed to expand, shift and protect the healthy microorganisms in the large intestine. The product was developed with scientific insights into the role of these microorganisms in healthy bodily functions. We’ve prepared this glossary as a resource for news media when reporting on the gut microbiome.

In addition to the items listed below, it’s important to understand that, while some of our material references health conditions, BiomeBliss does not claim to treat, prevent or cure any disease or condition. Statements made about BiomeBliss have not been reviewed by the FDA.

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beta-glucan (Pronounced “gloo-can”) Complex carbohydrates found in the cell walls of some cereal plants and fungi that have been shown to provide certain health benefits. BiomeBliss supplies beta-glucan derived from oats.

blueberry extract One of the active ingredients of BiomeBliss, this is a water-based isolation from the skin and solid parts of the blueberry that remain after the juice and much of the sugar has been removed. Our gentle extraction is designed to retain polyphenol antioxidant activity.

cecum (Pronounced “SEE-kum”) A pouch-like structure, considered the beginning of the large intestine, located on the right side of the abdomen and joined to the appendix.

commensal (Pronounced “kuh-men-sull”) Describes microorganisms considered beneficial to the host, as opposed to pathogenic organisms, which are harmful.

dysbiosis (Pronounced “dis-bye-OH-siss”) An imbalance of microorganisms in the gastrointestinal microbiome that can lead to metabolic disorders.

gastrointestinal tract Comprises the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, and rectum.  

gut The gastrointestinal tract

inulin (Pronounced “in-you-linn”) Plant fiber in the form of complex carbohydrates used by plants to store energy. Since inulin cannot be digested by humans, it passes to the large intestine and feeds healthy bacteria that exist there. The inulin used in BiomeBliss is derived from agave plants, not to be confused with agave syrup

microbiome The microorganisms and their  environment, such as the large intestine. The microorganisms of the large intestine are vital for healthy bodily functions.

microbiota (Pronounced “my-croh-bye-ah-tah”) The microorganisms, whether beneficial or harmful, that exist in or on the host or in the environment. BiomeBliss is designed for the microbiota in the gastrointestinal tract. Can be used as singular or plural. Microbiotic (adj.).

prebiotics Food nutrients that induce the growth or activity of beneficial microbiota. The most common example is the GI tract, where prebiotics can alter the populations or activity of various microbiota.  

polyphenol antioxidants A class of antioxidants found in blueberries, other fruits and colored vegetables. Certain of these polyphenols have the ability to shift the growth and activity of certain bacteria associated with a healthy microbiome. Antioxidants are naturally occurring chemicals found in foods and body tissue which help prevent damage to living cells.

satiety (Pronounced “suh-tie-uh-tee”) The feeling of being satisfied with a meal.

substrate Biological term for the surface on which a living organism grows. Regarding BiomeBliss, the product is a substrate for microorganisms in the gastrointestinal tract.