As one of our top-selling products, we receive a lot of questions regarding probiotics. The following information should help you understand what probiotics are and how they are made.

Probiotics are the group of “helpful” microorganisms within your gut that are key to maintaining a healthy microbial balance. Probiotics have been studied and observed for many human health conditions, mainly as a therapeutic and preventative approach to improving gastrointestinal health.

Just like advancements in technology, there have been many notable advancements in the production of probiotics – most of which have increased shelf stability and improved on-target delivery to your gut.

So what are the common techniques used to create advanced probiotics?

 

1. Dehydration Methods

A preservation technique that removes water from the probiotic cells.

  • Results in a more reliable shelf-life for heat-sensitive probiotic strains
  • Freeze-drying is a common dehydration method used in the supplement industry
  • Dehydrated cultures will be reactivated upon exposure to moisture

2. Prebiotic Fibers

Prebiotics are the support system for a probiotics lifespan.

  • Added to the probiotic formulation to aid in the growth and generation of bacteria
  • Commonly used prebiotics include fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) and inulin, which are naturally found in a variety of vegetables

3. Packaging

Provides a significant barrier between the probiotic and the environment to extend its shelf-life.

  • Inert gases such as nitrogen replace air in the bottle, which is then sealed air-tight
  • Glass bottles provide additional assurance, as it is the least porous material
  • Blister packaging is effective as an oxygen and moisture barrier, and provide a degree of tamper resistance

4. Overages

Simply adding extra microorganisms to the product.

  • Manufacturers put extra colony forming units (CFUs) than disclosed on the label
  • Safeguard to ensure the product will meet label claims and guarantees
  • Common practice for professional-grade probiotics

While a probiotic product’s thermal sensitivity is largely dependent on how it was manufactured, other factors (such as the product’s formulation) may also have an impact. For details on a particular product, ask your practitioner or contact our customer support team – we are always happy to help!

 

Shipping Requirements

For heat sensitive probiotics, priority shipping is the suggested shipping method. As an extra precaution, 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, follow the storage instructions on the bottle.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact our customer support team:
Phone: 1-866-807-3828
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