“Probiotic” is a well known term and product – but there is a lot of misinformation surrounding them. Just like advancements in technology, there have been many notable advancements to the production of probiotics – most of which have increased shelf stability and improved on-target delivery to your gut. The common techniques used to create the advanced probiotics we see today include:

1. Freeze-Drying

A technique that actually dehydrates bacteria, so that it re-activates once you ingest it.
  • A preservation technique first applied to bacteria in the 1940’s.
  • Always contains added cryoprotectants to shield bacteria from the freezing temperatures
  • Results in dormant cultures that will be reactivated upon exposure to moisture
  • Vitamin C and prebiotic fibers (ex. FOS) are added to prevent early activation and promote proliferation

2. Nitrogen Flushing

A special method that seals probiotics into a dormant state.
  • Packaging method to remove oxygen and other gasses from the bottle
  • Nitrogen is an inert gas which prevents chemical reactions and keeps probiotic strains from activation until they are ready for use
  • Typically done with glass bottles because glass is the least porous material
  • Especially helpful during transit

3. Overages 

Simply adding more microorganisms to the product.
  • Standard practice for professional grade probiotics
  • Manufacturers put extra colony forming units (CFUs) into the product
  • Safeguard to ensure the product will meet labelled CFUs at expiry
  • Some brands add up to 50% more probiotic colonies than the label states

Know your product before selecting shipping!

Depending on how the product was made, it may be very stable or more heat-sensitive. For details on a product, always ask your practitioner or contact our customer support team, we are always happy to help!

For your own peace of mind, you may consider ordering with priority shipping on a Monday (or Tuesday before 3pm EST) so that your order isn’t delayed over the weekend. Upon arrival, refrigerate the probiotics as soon as you get the chance.

Refrigeration is recommended, but not always required. Remember, “good” flora live in your gut at approximately 100°F.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact our customer support team:

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